fancyfeast Posted January 20, 2014 Share Posted January 20, 2014 Hi all, So this is a problem that's been bothering me since I started research, but I thought it would go away over time. I'm really worried I'm not smart enough to be successful in grad school. I make good grades and would consider myself to be really hardworking and not necessarily naturally gifted, but after working on 2 or 3 projects in the lab I still feel like I need a lot of help. I don't have other undergrads to compare myself with so I don't know if it's all in my head or not. I get really frustrated when I have to go find a grad student for troubleshooting ideas. I feel like I don't have the necessary background to make things work and I always second guess myself and get frustrated when trying to draw significance from my results. I feel like I should have more confidence after being there for 2+ years but I sometimes I feel really hopeless and I'm worried that this will continue once I'm in grad school and I'll be miserable. That's pretty much the surface of the problem. I always thought I'd do a PhD, but now (I'm a junior) I'm really second-guessing myself. I always thought I was "too good" for med school, but now I'm starting to wonder if the way I learn and think are just better suited to the rote memorization that I always took med school to be. Thanks y'all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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