Im pretty freaked out about my freshman year because I have a 3.5 gpa currently (although I have 2 border lines, so I can get a 3.7 or even a 3.8/3.9 if i push both of them enough). Im not being negative, im just putting out a worst case scenario. I want to go to a good engineering school. I will probably ED to Cornell or Carnegie Mellon but I would like to go to UCLA or UC Berkley as well. I was wondering if Cornell looks at Freshman gpa, and if you do better following years if that will improve my chances of getting in.
For ECs im doing Robotics next year and maybe some other stuff (private at the moment because Im not sure if everything will work out ok) so dont judge me on those yet. Trust me, I will show passion for engineering. Also, does working with a Veterinarian or similar things help get into engineering schools?
Im basically looking to see what I need to focus on and what Im doing right.
Also, could you compare UC-Berkley, UCLA, UCSD, UMich, Cornell, and Carnegie Mellon socially and academically?