That's what I heard too, but from my experience, the program is super chill!
Yes, I agree with you. It's probably the unfamiliarity that makes term 1 tough. Also for me, first year at UBC was the biggest change in terms of getting used to bigger volume of material. The biggest difficulty though was in 4th year when it was the concepts that were challenging to understand and high grades weren't even in the grade distribution :S
^ so that's what I was wondering. Sorry, mb96 if I sounded pessimistic totally wasn't my intention.
Anyway, from what Ethereal said though, it sounds like we can do it with hard work!! I'm ready for that!!!
Like you said balance and staying positive is key