Yea, the "freshman grades are not as important" theme is one I've been hearing a lot. Honestly, you and I both know that freshman grades matter somewhat, but how much? How could anyone really know?
I don't know how bad is bad, but my grades this first semester have been pretty disappointing for me. In still looking for answers. I spend a lot of time working but I guess I have to work smarter.
One thing I'm trying to be is persistent. I worry a lot. It's exhausting. I just have to keeping plugging away until something sticks. Gotta keep pushing my limits--maybe it might help you to take the same perspective.
I really hope things get better for you, man/gal. And not in the BS "just-some-dude-on-the-internet" way. I really empathize with you because I'm there too.
Maybe Rock Bottom can be the foundation upon which we rebuild our academic careers?