I think it’s inevitable that in university we sometimes feel as if we don’t belong. You sit in classes filled with these genius individuals and you begin to doubt your own self-worth and credibility. It doesn’t help when you put a week’s worth of studying into a midterm, and end up with a low 60. Yeah, that can be rough.
I used to think about dropping out three to four times a day. I didn’t think I was meant for university life. It seemed like no matter how much effort I put, my results just couldn’t back anything up. And I know I’m not alone. I have a lot of friends who felt, and still feel, the same way. Some of my friends have even dropped out. To each their own.
That being said, on the first day of my second year at university, my psychology professor gave a soliloquy of sorts to my entire class. It was very long, and I don’t remember most of what she said, but the words that stuck with me were (and I’m paraphrasing here):
“I know you all must feel overwhelmed. It’s university. That’s bound to happen. But let me tell you something. You guys need to realize that, just by being here, just by being in university and in this class, your intellect level is way above average. You are all smart people and no matter how you do in this class or your other classes, you are all destined for great things. Getting into university, in and of itself, is a huge accomplishment and you should feel very proud. No one can take this away from you”.
That hit me hard. No one can take this away from me; from us. University is difficult to get into. University is difficult to go through. This isn’t some cakewalk. It’s something so simple but so easily forgotten. It’s something we all need to hear from time to time.
She ended off her soliloquy with a joke about how, if we didn’t pay our tuition on time, we’d be forced to drop out.