I just started the 3rd year of a "licenciatura" which lasts 5 years. The first 2 years covered the basics of physics (except optics), numerical analysis, linear algebra, the calculus sequence (up to vector calculus) and complex analysis. We're still around 20 or 30 people in the class, while there are only around 4 people that graduate each year. I start to believe that this 3rd year is a total cut off year. The Classical Mechanics class, although tough, doesn't seem to be the class that get most people out of the degree. Instead, Electromagnetism seems a beast. The exercises are very mathematical (I think many of them are taken out from Jackson's book) and the course is almost incomprehensible for me at least. We've a LOT of assignments compared to the previous years and the exercises are much harder. I'm not spending a single day without trying to solve an exercise nor without reading my class notes, but even like that I feel I'd need 5 times more time in order to be able to keep the track. I'm already behind in Optics and Electromagnetism and probably in Classical mechanics. The lab reports (1 each week) eats a lot of time... It's very hard. In the EM class, maybe more than half the class is a re-taker. I'm a bit scared I won't make it through. I'm very interested in all the classes, but I think my brain cannot learn THAT fast. 3 months for electrostatics + classical mechanics+optics + complex analysis (yeah I still have to take the final exam of this course). On the other hand I feel I'm learning "real" physics and that each problem is a gem because I'm learning a lot from them. So I'm not losing any interest in physics (it's even growing. I think about physics at any hour of my life now!). I'm almost sure this happened to anyone that earned a Bachelor's degree. How do you deal with such a giant step of increasing difficulty of the courses? Study a lot? Having a lot of confidence in yourself? I'm not sure this post has a point, it's maybe just my desperation. My 2 parents are more than 10 000 km away from me and I only have a girlfriend to "push" me. No one else. I want to survive this! P.S.: I'm considering to run maybe 15 minutes twice a week since I currently do nothing else than walking a lot. I hope physical exercise can do a favor to my brain. Thanks for any support/share of experience / advice / etc.