I'm concerned. Before I transferred to where I currently go to college, my GPA was a 3.8. Now, two years later, it's a 3.1. This semester I don't expect it to be any higher than that, it may even be a 3. I'm frustrated because generally speaking, I think I am a good student. My professors are fond of me and many have committed to writing a letter of recommendation.
Part of my the reason my GPA isn't as high as it once was is the nature of the courses I'm taking. Next semester I'll be taking Linear Algebra, Econometrics, Experimental Economics, and history of math. This list includes the two most difficult classes in the economics department (the higher the #, the higher the difficulty). Math is a more difficult subject for me than, say, English, which I have always done very well in. I kind of feel gypped because I could have a sky high GPA if I chose an easier course load.
My professors tell me that my modest GPA wont be too much of a hindrance, because my college has a reputation for being more rigorous than many. I believe it; I took Calculus II at my local college and got an A with minimal effort. Assuming this is truei\, will a graduate school admissions committee buy it? Will they look at my GPA in context?