I am a graduate student who also works full-time. I am doing my Masters thesis (on blogs of all things!) and it is wearing me out. I feel so overwhelmed and worst of all, I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. My thesis advisor makes me feel like I am an idiot. But I know plenty of people with Master's degrees already and they don't seem much different than me. Any thoughts on how how I can feel less intimidated?
Worried Grad Student
Dear Worried Grad Student,
Why are you worried? Millions of students have done their thesis and they all survived and you will too. I know. Everything that you are going through, I already did. I did a lot of research and a lot of writing and I even thought of leaving school - I thought it was so tough. But I didn't because I wanted that diploma. That is what is necessary when you go out into the world.
No one cares about your thesis but you need it to get the job. My sister left school because she felt she didn't need it. Then came the time she was competing with others for a very good job and her interviewer told her - for this job you really need that piece of sheepskin.
If you didn't worry there would be something wrong. Believe me, you are very normal and you will make the grade and so will your friends if they are like you. I'm sure you have it in you.
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