I need advice on how to rid myself of anxiety over school and on how to maintain a 3.5+ in a science major. I would greatly appreciate any advice! Please be as thorough as you'd like!
I've never been the best student. I went to UC Merced after high school because my GPA was low and I didn't want to have to fight for classes at CC. In high school I would fail classes and not go to school, but when I started college I got a 3.9 my first semester. That was before I started taking math and chem classes. For semesters #2, #3, and #4 I got GPAs of 2.9, 2.6, and 2.8 respectively. It's totally my fault because I wouldn't do the homework and I would just cram for tests, earning me two C+'s and two C's on my transcript. Although for all of my labs (including labs for chem) and bio classes, I'd be at or near the top of the lab/class grade-wise. Now that I like school more and because I'm worried about job prospects and grad school, I am extremely concerned about my GPA. It's a 3.0-3.1. I got into UC Santa Cruz and I'm moving in on the 16th (a tad earlier because of the WEST program).
I'm SO SO anxious about my grades. How do I rid myself of this anxiety? I'm taking intro physics and a genetics class and a play writing class. How do I get good grades? Like seriously, I need As this quarter. I'm a neuroscience major and I desperately want a good GPA for when I graduate. I'm NOT good at chem at all, so I'm considering declaring as ecology and evolution because seeing all the classes I'd get to take excites me more than it scares me, and because it's not as chem intensive.
I don't have a precise career goal, but I strongly believe that having a high GPA will make things a little easier on me if I decide to pursue medicine or grad school.
I bought my physics textbook early and have covered half of the material on my first midterm (I found an old syllabus online). I'm just incredibly nervous :( To the point where I feel sick. Please, please help.