My broad, optimistic advice....I think you can certainly work your way into the top 1/2 with a really good semester this spring. Then the bottom line is that, worst case scenario, you are in the top 1/2 of the class at the best school in your region. (One of at the very least)
As long as you aren't NY/LA/CHI or bust or something like that and you like the South you will be in great shape. I know everyone wants Top 10%, but just don't lose sight of the opportunity you've been given and that you still have.
So, I'm freaking out. I ended my first semester with a lowly 3.0 from Texas (3.3 curve), which puts me squarely in the bottom half of the class.
Although I could have studied harder (kept up with reading but my finals prep in the last two weeks definitely felt like cramming), I never imagined I would do this poorly. Now I am paying for it with tons of stress about loans and summer jobs, etc. I don't even feel like applying to spring OCI due to shame and embarrassment.
Can I get out of the hole with a lot of hard work? Or am I doomed with these sub-par grades? Sometimes I get really amped up and tell myself I'm going to dominate this semester, load up on summer school and dominate it, and get where I want to be. Other times I think its really unlikely.
Anyone here been in a similar spot and ended up relatively successful as far as jobs go?