Post # 1
Most of the time, when I actually think about it, I feel like I don’t actually deserve my degree.
Despite the thousands of hours I have put in already, I feel I don’t know nearly as much as my co-students.
Post # 3
That’s ok! When I graduated, I thought I should feel super enlightened, but the truth was, I felt like I had already forgotten most things I had learned.
When I started working, though, I realized that I understood the concepts of my field much better than some of my coworkers who came from different fields. I also realized that college taught me to gather, analyze and apply information to complete the task at hand.
Congratulations on your degree! You worked hard for it and you deserve it. And hopefully, you’ll find out really soon how valuable it was to get it. 🙂
Post # 4
I’m a teacher – some of my college classes were such a waste. However, after field experience and a year of working as an assistant teacher in a program for dyslexia, now I definitely feel like I’ve earned my degree. The experience taught me the most.
Congratulations on graduating! It’s a big accomplishment!
Post # 5
On my last day of classes for this semester, one of my classmates started citing Foucault out of nowhere. I didn’t even know how to correctly spell it. :-/
Post # 6
@abbie017: I had a class with a guy who cited Niklas Luhmann, used big words, and sounded really smart. I was impressed and intimidated. Then I had another class with this guy. He cited Niklas Luhmann and used the same big words. The next class I had with him, he cited Niklas Luhmann…
Post # 7
@missfrillycoat: I bet you do know just as much about certain topics… you just don’t openly brag about it and show off.
Post # 8
You all rock. I just came back on to see this. Thank you for making my evening better.
Post # 9
I really don’t think you’re alone. Now that I’m in the field I feel lost at times!
Post # 10
@star_dust: I agree with you about experience being the most enlightening.
I wouldn’t worry. I don’t feel like I’ve learned very much from my actual classes. I feel experience has taught me the most by far. I feel prepared, but that’s only because I’ve had a lot of field experience and amazing mentor teachers (I’m an education major). I haven’t graduated yet (I’m a senior), but I highly doubt the next six months or so will change my mind (I graduate in Dec.).
Post # 11
Honestly, I felt grad school just made me dumber lol.
The longer I stayed in, the more out of touch I became. Everything was all theoretical but nothing was truly applicable to the real world. I became an “expert” in a very, very, very narrow niche and well, who cares about what I researched. lol In the real world, I’m just naive with 0 actual experience! I’m the first to graduate out of my class (2 years ahead of the average) and have published much more than any other graduate in the history of my PhD program, but really, it was all just luck. Lucky projects, lucky results. Grad school didn’t make me smarter.
Post # 12
I just started graduate school last night.
Honestly, after hearing the big words and citing different works I promised myself that I will stay myself.
Why? I’m 25, but have more real life work experience than the others. Most of them are doing a career change, so they use their big words and references to hide the fact that they never have done this out in real life. So I’m going to keep being me and not let their dictionary-mouths make me feel bad!