OnceAndFutureGrad Posted January 26, 2011 Share Posted January 26, 2011 I thought you guys would benefit from a piece of wisdom I received from a professor in my department. I'm not a Chaucerian or even really a literature person, but even I appreciate C. David Benson and his extensive contribution to Middle English scholarship. He is in the long slow process of retiring and as the department librarian I've been accepting, valuing, and cataloging his book donations. A few weeks ago, while going over his collection, I spoke to him about my anxiety concerning the application process. I said, "I applied to a lot of really great places but I'm still not sure if I'm at that caliber." He replied, "Oh, but you have to have some faith in yourself." "Oh, I know. Just sometimes I don't know if I'm good enough." He laughed, and said, "I feel the same way! Some days I think I'm so accomplished and brilliant, and there are others when I'm absolutely sure that I've been fooling everyone and someone's finally going to notice what a dummy I am!" So remember, when you're not sure whether to think you're smart or stupid in this wait for validation, even an accomplished Middle English scholar at the end of his career wonders too.... sputnik, Strangefox, Capo and 3 others 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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