I’m currently in school for Geology and have found out that apparently my field is overly saturated, and as such getting a job will be more difficult than I initially thought. At first I figured this was all rumors, but after doing a quick scour of some of the leading employers in the field for current openings I have come to the sad conclusion that there are almost none. This problem however runs much deeper, and is actively preventing me from getting much sleep at night, that being said here goes.
For starters in my freshman year of college I ended up doing terribly and racking up a D, D-, and a D+ in Calculus, Fundamentals of Chemistry, and Chem I respectively. I was however wise enough to realize that I would probably have better success taking my hard sciences during the summer at my local community college back home when they would be the only things I would have to worry about, and would be able to focus on them. Over a few summers I have successfully transferred Calculus II, Calculus II, and Physics I and II to my university with grades of a B for Calculus II and C’s for everything else respectively.
After freshman year my gpa was a horrendous 1.6, but I have been working hard and as of now it is currently at a 2.738. I know its not the best still, but from where it was initially I am happy so far. My panicking stems from the fact that I want at least a 3.0 for grad school, but a 3.3 is my dream number. I want to say as far as my major goes I have a decent amount of classes left (maybe about 30 or 40 hours worth) and to date when it comes to classes for my major (specifically my geology classes) I have made nothing less than a B-. My current gpa does admittedly have its fair share of “fluff” classes included however. Almost every semester after my freshman year I have at least taken 6 hours of humanities/ liberal arts classes to help bring my gpa up. What I have recently realized however is that even with all of these fluff classes reaching a 3.0 would take a large amount of hours that I am not sure I even have left until graduation.
Basically what I am freaking out about is that I dont know how beneficial it would be to retake one or two of the three classes I failed my freshman year, versus keep on trucking and trying to force my gpa up to where I want it to be. I wont lie those classes from freshman year, they terrify me, and I just dont know if I have what it takes to retake them and get a decent enough grade to raise it (my university averages instead of replacing). One of them was Calc I, and having taken Calc II - III I think I may be able to do decent in it, but math in general gives me a bit of anxiety. If I were to take two of the classes over and manage to bang out a B or B+ in them, how much would it bump my gpa up? is it even worth it, or do I have plenty of classes left that will allow me to raise it without having to retake any of the previous classes?
I know this is getting lengthy so I will try to cut to my other question. I want to go to grad school and I have been told that most grad schools expect terrible freshman years, and as a result tend to look only at the last two years of ones classes and grades. I am worried I am in a pickle because A: even though I successfully transferred my Calculus II and III and all of my physics courses they are still mostly C’s. And B: Even if they do not look at my freshman year they will undoubtedly look at my Calculus I and Chemistry grades from freshman year since they are technically classes in my major. I am not good with hard science and math, but if it is integrated into the geologic sense I do just fine, which is why my geology classes specifically are mostly 3.0’s. Would a grad school even consider me if my last two years (excluding even all the A’s from fluff classes) were decently within the 3.0 - 3.4 range due to them mostly being upper level geology courses? Or will my terrible freshman year, sub par transfer credits, and generous amount of humanities and liberal arts classes prove too much to allow me to move forward? Sorry if this post seems all over the place, but this has gotten to the point where I have not been able to sleep for 34 hours now, and am admittedly not in the best form the put together an amazing query to say the least. None the less I appreciate ANY help and advice anyone could spare. thank you all in advance!