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I'm a student at the University of Pittsburgh, studying electrical engineering. My first semester was terrible and well I don't think I'll make it through. Tell me what I need to do to make it as an engineer. Steve in my opinion you are one of the most influential people of this millenium. You've inspired me to start a revolution of my own. Of course as of now I'm still trying to develop an idea, but someday hopefully I will leave my mark on society like you did. Thanks for the inspiration.


Engineering is not an easy major. You have to work very hard, especially at the start. Don't you have general classes the first couple of years for the most part? Do well at general subjects and get a head start on studying electronics (if that's your engineering branch) on your own to get ahead. Buy a book or two from classes that you may not be in until a junior. That only implies more work. But you are young and can do it now. Be successful while you have the energy and you won't have to worry when you're older and can't work as hard. Partying and socializing should be minimized if you want to be successful in engineering.
I can't possibly advise you on education as well as your own councilor can.