New here, been enjoying reading around. Sorry I don't have much to give in the knowledge department. My question is probably the 100th like this in the last month, but it's kinda a special situation. So here goes: (I don't know how pertinent this is, but that's part of the question.). Technically, I'm a freshman, I applied as one, have one of the 2018 class t-shirts and all, but actually I've got 33 transferable credits from a community college. I did not attend high school And for the most part any other school, but I have always had a passion for science and knowledge about the universe, so I went to community college. Unfortunately, a lot of my grades early on were not good. My first 2 semesters I had to teach myself how to study basically. So my grades are basically: English 1 and 2 = both C's Gen chem 1 and 2 = C and B, respectively Organic chem + lab = A(actually I got close to a 98 in this class, but an A is an A. Correct?) Bio 1 = B Silly international relations class = A I'm a chem and physics double major, and I'm still taking pre calc because of my lack of math background. I was planning on getting an A in ochem 2, And got an A on exam one, but there was a death of someone close to me and I have an exam tomorrow I know I am going to fail quite badly, so maybe an A isn't possible. I hear all the pre-meds talking about how important the ochem grade is to medical school. Is it as important to graduate school in some area at the intersection of physics and chem? Or is it not as big of a deal because this is not a terminal class in my chemistry education?(Im also taking advanced organic chem, And of course all the other requirements.) I'd really like to go into a PhD program in 4 years that interests me strongly, and move up the "prestige latter" a bit(my understanding is that going to a "prestigious" university doesn't really matter until grad school. Is this correct? I go to a fairly run of the mill big public unuversity.) How much effect will these early classes effect my academic standing in four years? Will these low grades be seen little better Because I took them all at community college before I was 18, or does that not matter? Does it go into my gpa? Finally, how important is GPA to grad school? Say I got an A in every single major class, but my electives and gen-eds were all C's. How would that look? What would be my chance of getting into a grad program at Stanford, Berkeley, cal-tech, etc? Thanks in advance!