i am going back to college in january to study physics. from my first college experience i earned 39 credit hours, but didn't do too well in some classes b/c i wasn't trying hardly at all b/c of a girl i was seeing at the time, but it's my fault. i can use about 30 of those hours towards my physics degree. my wife found out about a program called academic fresh start that i can take part in which would pretty much make it as if i'd never been to college before and i'd have to start all over again. part of me wants to do this, but another part thinks that 30 hours is a pretty good headstart. btw, if i chose not to do the fresh start thing, my gpa will be 2.6. my question is: what would you do in this situation? is it worth having those Fs and Ds taken off my record along with all of the As, Bs, and Cs? i also want to know if you think having a transcript with a few really bad grades would negatively effect my chances of getting into a masters or phd program, which is my ultimate goal. when i first went to college i wasn't focused and didn't really know what i wanted to do, but now i have settled down quite a bit and have a reason to do well. i want my wife and i to be financially stable, i want my future kids to have good academic role models, and i want to have a job for the rest of my working days that i actually like and find pleasure from. thanks in advance to everyone who offers their advice, support, knowledge, or any other input; it's greatly appreciated.