I got kicked out of my University. Should I still invest farther time and money to get a college education? Do I still have a shot at Graduate school? I got dismissed from the University of California, Davis due to my unsatisfactory grades I got there during my freshmen year. I admit I didn't try my best (I cut my 8 am classes) the first quarter. Had I tried a little harder, i would have passed chemistry. I would have only failed one class the first quarter (that class was just ridiculous, All my friends didn't pass either. Most of the class failed.) So for the first quarter, I got two NPs. For the second quarter, after I found out that I didn't pass my chemistry placement exam, i was so depressed from my failure because I missed by only one point. And to cope, I went on my computer all day that weekend, which became a habit for the rest of the quarter. I didn't really study at all, so I got two more Fs for Microeconomics and Calculus. For Spring quarter, I decided to take 19 units to maintain my Financial Aid eligibility (I calculated it incorrectly, I actually didn't need 19 units. 15 units would have been enough. I thought one of the classes I passed during the fall quarter was only 3 units when it was 4.5 units. If it were 3 units, i would need 19 units to maintain financial aid eligibility). I left my laptop at home and worked pretty hard during the Spring quarter. I thought I could handle it (I even believed I could get a 4.0) if I tried really hard. But having so many classes, it really was really hard to keep track of everything and getting everything done on time. I should have listened to my adviser when she told me not to take so many classes, but I was worried about my financial aid eligibility. I underestimated the rigor of the courses I registered for. I thought Astronomy was going to be an easy A, since it was designed for non-science major and only 3 units, but that class had a lot of reading to do! During the end of the 8th week of the 10 week quarter, I dropped Biology, which had a very rigorous teacher. Final grades for the Spring quarter didn't come out yet , but I'm sure I failed Calculus again, and at least one other class. I came in as an Engineering major with the belief that I will fail the Engineering classes. I applied as an Engineering major because I told myself that if I don't get into Engineering, it really wasn't worth moving to Davis when I could just attend my local State university, where I could most likely get better grades since I would be competing against a group of students who were less motivated and less prepared. I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I was planning on doing Pharmacy, so I knew Engineering classes would make me have the low GPA i can't afford to have to go into Pharmacy. At the same time, I started to have doubts about Pharmacy since technology and the increased number of Pharm D.'s graduating each year. I was so lost about my future. I was not motivated at all during the winter quarter. Reflecting on the past year, I realized that I overestimated myself. I didn't have the time management skills and self discipline that I thought I had. I should have went to class. I underestimated the importance and the usefulness of going to class. I shouldn't have become dependent on my laptop when I was disappointed by a small failure. And I'm not as strong of a reader as I thought I could be, so 19 units consisting of many heavy-reading classes is not something doable unless I take a speed reading class or something. During the winter quarter, on my computer, I discovered that I have an interest in Neuroscience. I decided that I would go to Neuroscience grad school. Now that I have gotten so many F's (2 NPs, at least 3F's, probably one or two D's.). I'm sure I'm getting dismissed from the University. So my question is: given my terrible transcript, should I still invest farther time and money to get a college education at a Community college, in effort to transfer to a four year university and then into a Neuroscience Graduate program? Do I still have a shot at Graduate school? I've heard that many graduate schools only look at or mostly care about the grades you get in your last 60 units (upper divisions) courses. Is that true? My overall GPA now is a 1.56. Or should I just go straight into the work force? I would have to do fast food, jumba juice, and the like. But hey, beggars can't be choosers. Thank you very much.