all these people who say you can both game and study are liars, especially when talking to a first year. there IS NOWAY you can have both, university is about working hard for a brief period of time, and with that a huge payoff that follows, seriously, if you want good marks and have 5 courses in a science degree (minus CS) you are really going to have to pay attention to your studies, and not game really @ all (except during the summer). i dont know what school all these kids go to, but from your degree i can tell you are going somewhere challenging, i wouldnt suggest gaming @ all in the first semester. BTW this is how 1st semester goes:
easy 1st two weeks (i didnt study that much and had all the time in the world, and was like wtf this is too easy). then labs started up, and 2 weeks later the 1st midterms, it goes from very easy (easier than high school, to very very challenging in the time between the first week of labs to the first midterm). my suggestion to you would be to study for at least 2 of your 5 midterms in the 1st week (trust me you wont think that this was enough).
now i have gotten a lot of A's in university (i imagine w/ ure program you'll need honors to stay in). so here is my advice: get 8 hours of sleep every night, eat PROPERLY, go to all your classes, and study @ least 3 hours a night; and dont kid yourself.
o btw when I was in first year a lot of ppl including my TA’s, prof’s, and other students said I spent too much time studying (for some reason I felt that they were trying to discourage me just like the people here saying “o college isn’t hard I play games all the time and get A’s” that is total bs (I know you didn’t say you got A’s but it is an example). Just ignore them and keep on truck’n, and before you know it the semester will be over and you’ll have a good gpa.
1 of my friends got into dentistry after 2 years (I only saw him 5 times, I really don’t know what he was doing, but he wasn’t “hanging out”). I know another guy that volunteered a lot and got into med-school after 3 years (and he studied a lot). Well that was my school rant on how to be successful in university. It’s better to study your brains out and hate yourself than not too (cuz then you’ll really hate yourself).