Well said, momofmv!
A lot of high school students think that by getting into college they have crossed the bridge so to speak, and everything going forward is going to be one giant frat party. This might be true if you are majoring in some mickey mouse major at some unknown on-line private "college" in the deepest recess of the Arctic circle.
Nothing can be further from that vision, if you are attending Cal Poly, especially for engineering. CP has no qualm about flunking the non-committed, intellectually sloppy, or lazy freshman as quickly as possible. In fact, it is a well known statistic that about 67% of all entering engineering freshman never finish their engineering studies due to the weed out process.
Speaking from my personal experience, during my first day and the first class at engineering school in a packed classroom, the professor asked us to looked to the left and then look to right, and then he said by 4th year, only 1 of you will remain.
With that said, if you are having issues with making grades in a high school math class now, you WILL have trouble making grades in university level high math/physics sequences required for engineering, such as differential equations, linear algebra, Fourier Analysis, nuclear and solid state physics, and discrete time systems, etc. Electrical and computer engineering are essentially applied math majors.
Graduating with a sub 3.0 GPA from high school will just make your life a living hell in engineering school, because if you think High school is hard now, just wait until you go to college, it will be a nightmare of unfathomable proportion.
So just like MOMO said, don't slack! You got VERY lucky getting into CP with a 3.2 (only 5% of the entering class has this GPA), doesn't mean you will be lucky enough to stay in until you graduate if you slack.
Last edited by ickglue; 02-24-2011 at 04:44 PM.