Academic advice Hi, I just finished my first year of university. By the end of fall, I had a 3.4 cumulative GPA and I was not really that proud of it. My friend from back home, also at the same uni., was always an excellent HS student. But the partying atmosphere got to him and he got a GPA of 3.2-ish. I had always thought that he didn't apply himself in college and that was the reason he didn't do as well. But after this semester, I found that I made a few academic mistakes. Namely, I went from having a B as my lowest grade to now a D in linear algebra, and I got C+ in mechanics. This semester along with those two grades I got three A's in my seminar, advanced French grammar, and C++ programming, and a B- in calc II. My cumulative GPA went from a 3.4 to a 3.19 due to having earned a 2.94 GPA in the spring. I am saddened and disgusted by my mistakes, because I decided not to late drop linear algebra back when I thought I would end with a C in the class. It was an academic gamble that I would do well on the final, but I did not. So now I am stuck with the D. I don't party or outright neglect my studies. In fact, I spent a lot of time studying and did well in most of my classes, but evidently, I just could not seem to grasp linear algebra. I think it was the combination of a language barrier between the graduate student professor, and also my general study habits. But the thing that gets me is that I never party, and I am on the same academic level as my friend, who never studies. I'm not sure what to think of myself now. So next year I'm planning to devote even more of my time to my studies. At the expensive of my social life, I want to fully immerse myself in my studies. Does anyone have any advice to me?