mr commander is just butthurt because he thought he could waltz through school while selling ac40s and shit, but it didnt happen.
Sure his lament has some credence, as most programs (at most schools) has a weed-out process. This can be daunting as you're supposed to be churned out as average and unfit for whatever programs you're after, but if you persevere, seek the help when needed (and yes, it is available. every class I've had has always had numerous options for assistance, be it with a professor, TA, or through the various workshops and programs on campus), and sacrifice some things that seem too precious to sacrifice (ie skiing) then you could do really well. Then again I'm not doing engineering or chem (fortunately), but I had to go through what is probably an equally competitive process, so I aint foreign to such things.
UW shit be good