(Closed) Is it possible to not be smart enough for college?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 31
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

bluesparkles:  You are being very hard on yourself. If you think you will study hard, then take a class or two at a community college. If you think you are going to fall back on your high school habits, then don’t go to community college.

For me, college seemed more like a vehicle to help improve my self-study skills. It’s really about you taking the initiative to study, read ahead, go to class, ask questions, etc. If you take a few courses and find out that it isn’t for you, then you can stop. It’s not a waste of time and you won’t be a failure if you decide that you don’t want to continue with your education. 

Post # 32
6438 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

There are people who are not bright enough for college. You are not one of them. 

If you want to get a degree – for whatever reason, whether that is for a job or for your own personal satisfaction – you probably can do it. Like others have said, a university degree is more about perseverance than it is about intelligence. 

I would start at a technical college or community college first and then transfer to a larger university after you have some of your initial credits done. You CAN do it if you want to. A college degree has very little to do with intelligence, as there are incredibly intelligent people who have never attended college. Likewise, there are plenty of people without any sense at all who have multiple degrees. One thing (the degree) does not necessarily correlate to the other (intelligence). 

Post # 33
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

bluesparkles:  Honestly, yeah, it’s possible. The high school I worked at for a minute was graduating kids that were borderline illiterate. But your post was thought out, organized, generally well written. I don’t think that’s your problem.

If you’re in the US I recommend you fill out the FAFSA to see what kind of grants you qualify for, then start at a community college and see how you feel. Best of luck hon!

Post # 34
439 posts
Helper bee

Youll never know until you try. You sound SO determined and I think determination makes all the difference. 

Post # 35
96 posts
Worker bee

bluesparkles:  I had a 2.4 gpa in high school because I was flaky and irresponsible. Didn’t want to go to college at all because I didn’t think I was “cut out for it.”

I’m in my third year of college now and I have a 3.89. Got my stuff together because I decided to change.  

Never underestimate yourself. Want to be smart? Work hard. 

Post # 36
96 posts
Worker bee

Oh, and also, don’t be afraid. That sounds cheesy, but I have to keep telling myself that all the time because otherwise I’ll hold myself back from trying new things, like going to college. 

Give yourself a chance. And if you fail, at least you tried. 

Post # 37
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

bluesparkles:  Grammar and writing can all be taught! Do not fret! I consider myself a smart cookie, and i got through college with pretty good grades, but all of that was through working hard , applying myself, doing homework and ALWAYS asking for help when i needed it. Teachers love someone who shows up and puts in the effort. 

I went to a top state high school, but I’m dyslexic and a terrible test taker. So my placement tests placed me mathmatically low. It took me 3 times to pass Algebra, all because of how the class was structured. I’m sure you ARE smarter than you think, don’t feel bad if you don’t thrive in the cookie cutter school system. But hardwork and tenacity will get you there! I went to school with a lady who was in her 40’s and never finished college. She JUST graduated with her MASTERS, and I am so proud of her for going back and tackling her dream. YOU CAN DO IT!

Post # 38
2146 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

yes and no, im not sure what college is like there but there is something for everyone here even people with learning difficulties get on fine

picking the right thing is the main problem, know what your good at… some people are academic, some vocational, some learn from books, some learn by doing, some are good with numbers and some are good with words

if you pick the wrong thing you will always struggle but there will be something thats right for you

Post # 39
1593 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

bluesparkles:  It is absolutely possible to not be cut out for university/college….but that says nothing about your intelligence! I went to uni with a lot of very wealthy private school graduates who seriously struggled in their first few years. They’d done well in school and were, for the most part, fairly bright – but their whole academic lives they’d been spoon fed and told exactly what to do and when. The independent study habits required of you at university level threw a lot of them….everyone else would receive an assignment and plan to work on it over several weeks and they’d be sitting around waiting for someone to hand them a checklist of which part to do when. 

I have a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree and through my whole time at uni, the people who have wanted to do well are the people who were successful, even if they were mature age students, didn’t consider themselves traditionally academic, or had other commitments like children or a job. As an Aussie bee I don’t know much about community college, but it sounds like a good idea if you want to try a few subjects and see what you like before committing to a degree or major. 

Post # 40
155 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t think your attitude is going to help.


I did very poorly in high school. I had some family issues, my mother went from working full-time to having to retire early due to health issues and all of that made it very difficult for me to focus in school. I realized I needed to do better and when I started college I applied myself and worked extremely hard and I know have a nearly perfect GPA. I’ve received several honors and scholarships. I’m telling you this b/c when I was in high school I also did think I was “dumb” but I realized it was my lack of effort that was the issue, not my IQ.

Of course some people will always be more gifted in academics than others. That might just mean you have to work harder and study more hours but it’s still doable.


Regardless, I think like others have said, community college could be a good option for you. If you decide to go to a normal public or private school, take less classes instead of a full workload. Never hesitate to ask for help as college have great free resources! 

Post # 41
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

You should absolutely go to college if you aspire to. Start at JC, and I would recommend meeting with a counselor there, and also possibly being tested for various learning disorders – it’s highly possible your struggles have little to do with intelligence and more to do with a learning disability (dyslexia, etc.).

Don’t limit yourself – you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it and work hard. 

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