So I'm a recent high school graduate about to go into my freshman year of college. Although I'm having serious internal conflicts about what I'm doing. I've always wanted to study physics since I was eleven years old, and taking math and physics courses in high school have done nothing but fortify that yearning to learn more about the natural world. I'm just worried I don't know what I'm getting myself into. I was never a particularly gifted student; I got a 30 on my ACT and barely made it through my advanced placement calculus course this year (I didn't even take the exam knowing I likely wouldn't score well). Despite this I managed to test into my school's calculus II course. I wanted to start in calculus I out of fear I would struggle too much in calc II, but the math department head insists I begin in calc II. Now I'm extremely nervous that I'm going to flounder my first semester in college. Should I be worried? On top of that I'm concerned I made the wrong choice in what school I chose to attend. When I began my college search, I asked my physics teacher for advice (he taught both of my advanced placement physics courses) and he told me I ought to opt for a smaller four year institution if I'm going to study physics and/or the sciences in general, as he attended University of Michigan for his undergraduate schooling and recalls how the professors often saw teaching undergrads as an unnecessary burden and seemed to really only care about their research and grad students. So I applied to many schools, both large public and small private, and the school I chose to attend offered me a generous scholarship and was also quite prestigious based on the college boards average ACT scores and high school GPAs it had on file for their incoming students. It's a small liberal arts college, and I'm starting to have doubts partially just because of the bad rap liberal arts colleges usually receive (not a day goes by I don't see a "you know you went to a liberal arts college when the greatest use of your degree is a paperweight/door stopper" joke on Facebook) and because many other fellow high school graduates I know that are going to school to study the sciences are opting for technical schools or large public universities, and it seems to me those schools have a lot more resources at their disposal for their science students. I mean, do my fears have merit? Are there some employers and/or grad schools that would look down on me if I had a physics degree from a liberal arts college rather than a university? My school does provide ample research opportunities and internships for its science students. It also has a chapter of the Society of Physics Students. I'm sorry to just vent my apprehensions on this forum and for this ridiculous wall of text, but I simply am lost as to what to think.