moderatedbliss Posted March 21, 2014 Share Posted March 21, 2014 I'm interested in how people that went to a relatively low-ranking undergraduate school fare when facing a massive prestige/"ranking" boost of their university in graduate school. This is entirely subjective and based on speculation, so feel free to correct me. I attend a state school, and in both of my majors I've been treated like I'm the best thing since sliced bread. I feel like most people at my university are just there to get a degree and move on (which I can't fault them for) but I'm usually one of only a few people in my classes who is genuinely interested in learning and always participates (yeah, I'm THAT guy). My basic question is: if you're at a significantly lower ranking school than where you get accepted for graduate work, what is the transition like from being a star in your undergrad program to being adored in your undergrad program to being just another student in a more academically intense environment? Basically, what is it like no longer being considered the smartest person in the room? Is it liberating being with kindred spirits, or is is no longer being considered especially intelligent or special stressful and alienating? I feel like I haven't really been challenged during my undergraduate career, and frankly I'm afraid that I'm going to look like a fool. I suppose it's a bit of imposter syndrome. Does anybody have any thoughts on this? GeoDUDE! and meep15 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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