Since this got quite a few replies, I’m going to just leave this particular comment as a more detailed explanation of my situation:
I’m a CS major who didn’t do particularly well in high school due to a jaded attitude towards the educational system and overall laziness. I took more AP classes than anyone else in my district and was constantly underchallenged, passing all of my exams but still refusing to do enough schoolwork to make a higher UW gpa than a 3.3. I graduated before I turned 17.
Obviously, this meant that I was rejected from CMU (the only other school to which I applied) and likely only got into OSU because of my test scores, coding-related YouTube channel, and personal projects on GitHub. After this, I felt as though things were looking up and was excited to start the year. I scheduled harder classes than many of my peers and felt a bit nervous.
When the year started, I found myself bored. I started my math career with 2153, and I aced all of the tests and exams without having to study; this was obviously fun because it felt like an easy A, but it was the same with my other classes. I was taking a full course load and doing well, which made my parents proud, but it felt wrong.
It was the same problem as in high school, and I reached out to my advisor for advice. He told me to take Linear Algebra and Engineering Statistics, both of which are considered difficult and which he recommends you separate into two semesters, along with my computer science and engineering courses, and still didn’t need to study. Linear Algebra was so easy for me that by the end of the semester I had begun tutoring some of the students in my dorm.
This summer, then, I decided to get some more CS classes out of the way and get myself into upper-division stuff. I took two more and was entirely unimpressed with the difficulty. Again, I never needed to study much, skipped all of my lectures, and was always above the mean, sometimes going above 100% with the curve.
I get that you guys may be somewhat skeptical since before this I’d not specified my major, but it’s honestly pretty miserable because I really want to get the most out of my education. I can’t even vent to my friends because they basically just laugh it off and say that they’d love to be in my shoes. Maybe my experience is unique, but I can’t help but feeling like OSU has no academic rigor whatsoever.