Monday, August 06, 2007

Prematurely counting myself out

When I was breaking the news to my mom about graduate school, I was gushing about all of the scholarships and assistantships and other opportunities that are offered by either the program or the university.

While listing off anything I thought I would be or could be eligible for, I slipped in The Ultimate. My dream. The ideal scenario. Etc.

“Oh!” I said to my mom, feigning forgetfulness, “and there is also this ultra competitive program, where you work 20 hours a week in the library and you get tuition and full health benefits and a stipend.

“Wouldn’t that be great? It is really competitive to get a place in the program, obviously. Places only open up after someone graduates. You’d have to be really good and really smart. I would never be eligible.”

My mom yelled at me.

You ARE really good.
You ARE really smart.
Why on earth would you think that you wouldn’t be good enough?

Which were all valid points, really.

I didn’t realize that I was so quick to sell myself short.


Paul Michael Peters said...

I'm sure you will be fine... that is... unless the program is at Ohio State. But why lower your standards?


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