I am a transfer who will be starting this summer, and I know that when I walk into the classroom, I will probably be one of the least intelligent people in the room. It scares the hell out of me that I will be competing with some of the best minds in the country. In addition, those "best minds" are also extremely hardworking. But here's the thing: I would really like to at least have the option to attend a good MBA program in the future. I'm terrified that Cal EECS will mutilate my gpa, leaving me with a diploma that essentially says, "Have fun working at McDonald's, moron!" I considered turning down Cal and attending a less challenging school (Chico State), just because I knew that I would be able to get a higher gpa, and I figured that this would give me a better shot at grad school. But I'm a fool who likes to bite off more than he can chew. I can't resist the challenge. So here I am, fearfully awaiting that first day of class, watching every lecture on YouTube that I can get my hands on, hoping to somehow compensate for my average intelligence. I've always been a social person, valued my friendships and interpersonal skills, and enjoyed the company of the opposite sex -- but I fear that things are about to change for the next 2 years.
I guess I'm writing this to see if anyone else feels the same way. Also, I'd love to hear advice from those who are already there, or have been there before. Is EECS the desolate island of reclusion, cutthroat competition, and sleepless, fruitless labor which I envision?
It's funny. All of that time at junior college, I thought that getting into Berkeley would make me feel accomplished; reassured that my life was going somewhere. Now that I am accepted, I am more concerned for my future than I have ever been before.
Here's to hoping that I didn't just make the biggest little mistake of my life... (If you caught that Arrested Development reference, then let's be friends:))