The semester has just started, and I'm feeling extremely overwhelmed. Some advice would be appreciated.
Last semester I switched my major from English to Econ, and half of my current schedule consists of 200-level Math
Basically, over the last few days, I've turned into a total stress case, mainly driven by two things:
1. This my first college semester taking classes that have strictly defined prerequisites. All of the previous upper level classes that I've taken have been in the humanities, for which there is hardly a linear chain of progression (i.e. 300-level lit classes don't build off of 200-level lit classes the same way that, say, Calculus II builds off of Calculus I).
More to the point, I feel extremely unprepared: I have forgotten a lot of what I learned last semester and while I am reviewing old material, I'm still very anxious.
2. I busted my ass last semester to get a 4.0. Likewise, my cumulative GPA right now is pretty damn awesome, and I'm scared to death that taking these unfamiliar Math classes will erase my last three semesters of academic success.
I've tried adopting the mantra, "don't worry about the grades; just work hard -- try your best," but it's gotten me nowhere. I take school super
seriously, and to be really honest, there are very few things I care about more than my GPA at this point.
Really, I don't even know what sort of advice I'm looking for here; I've talked to lots of other people over the last few days who have said that they feel the same way -- so I'm sure that I'll be fine in a couple of weeks.
But right now I'm struggling, and anything that you can offer would be so very much appreciated. Thank you!