In highschool, I treated school like a joke. When I started college I did great the first semester, but in the 2nd & 3rd semester, I messed aroudn horribly. I had a 3.8 GPA in semester 1, after 2 & 3 I now had a GPA of about 1.8 I never knew what I wanted to do with my life, much less take it seriously, and now that I have discovered Physics and something I am really excited about I'm unsure if I am beyond repair. I have F's in college courses: Psychology, Philosophy of Religion, Anthropology, Kinesiology, Pre-calculus (twice!) and Intro to C++. That's a LOT of F's I am not sure how the system works, if I retake a class does the new grade average out with the old F? Or does the new grade replace the F? Is it even possible for anyone who has fooled around so much to go from where I am at right now to getting a GPA suitable to tranfer into a University and then afterwards go on to Graduate Studies? How bad has this permanently damaged me? these F's are not from my in-ability to do the courses, these F's are from me being lazy and not showing up to class, getting a girlfriend, working a full-time job, and obssessively playing an MMORPG (Final Fantasy XI Online), and just treating college as something I HAVE to do, but have all the time in the world to eventually finish. Needless to say I now regret ever having this childish outlook on life. I am just really depressed right now because I am finally getting my life in order and making good grades but I am not sure if I can even accomplish my goals with a record like this. Any advice would be appreciated.