I would line up math and science classes at another school. Some teachers at CMA hand out tons of easy F’s, while some are reasonable graders. You need to weed out the teachers that weed out students. Same is true with all schools, not just CMA.
Focus on studying. Don’t overload yourself. Avoid extracurricular activities, like ROTC, sports and dating until you’ve passed the weed out classes. Remember, there is no such grade as a W at CMA. You can’t drop a class after the first 3 weeks and this results in a lot of F grades. Drop deadlines at Community Colleges let you drop later with a W, plus they have lengthier drop deadlines. At a JC, you have time to see if you are in a bad classroom situation. Not so at CMA, you could easily be stuck in a bad situation before you realize it. This might be true for other CSU campuses that are trying to cut down on drops.
Many quit CMA because of grades. If you don’t plan carefully, if you don’t manage your time, if you don’t focus 100%, you wont last long. If something is a distracting, even if its just video gaming, get rid of it. Working out helps. Eating right and not getting fat helps you cope. Drinking makes matters worse. Your goal is graduation, not screwing up.
Try to stay under everyone’s radar. Especially women. Gossip spreads fast on a small campus, so protect your reputation. Your campus indiscretions could easily follow you around for a long time after you leave CMA. So, bear down and work your ass off. That’s what your here for.