How can students make the most of their second choice?
I believe that things work out for a reason. So if things didn't work out at your first choice school, I would take that as a sign that you weren't supposed to be there. If it was too hard and you failed your classes (or got D's), that wouldn't do your future any good anyway. There is a reason why you were supposed to go to your second place school! You might not know for 10 years after what that is....maybe a spouse, business partner, best friend, or contact you made with a professor....but there is a reason why you are supposed to got to the school you got into!