No, you should not be scared by the EE! It is not scary— at least after you start working on it. The thought of writing a 4000-word paper is daunting, but once you get started and formulate and execute an effective plan, it is a doable task. I’d recommend getting started as early as possible; my school starts brainstorming ideas in Year 1 DP but realize that plans, such as your research question or even your topic, may change. Once you figure out an outline for your EE and start writing it, it certainly isn’t scary— it’s a doable challenge, and perhaps you might find it to be a fascinating experience once you are done!