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I Feel Like I'm Not Smart Enough

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    Feel Stupid

    I have been is school for a long time and have worked very hard, but I feel like I’m not smart enough. Yes, I have maintained my GPA, but don’t feel as though I really have the intelligence needed. I have never worked in this profession and everyone has so much knowledge and...
    chicks42 chicks42 46-50 1 Response Aug 25, 2012

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    Is It Me?

    My boyfriend and I have been having communication problems. He told me for the past month i've been "negitive" towards him and less intrested. When he told me this i was confused, i didn't know i was being like that. i told him to come over so we could talk and when he came over...
    chelly42 chelly42 18-21 1 Response Aug 12, 2012

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    He's Smart, And I Feel Idiotic

    my boyfriend is brilliant, he seems to know everything, and he is a straight A student in college while I'm barley holding a C in some classes. i don't know what hes talking about half the time and don't understand certain words he says. i know this all may sound childish, but...
    chantalhuff chantalhuff 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 3, 2010

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    My Shoking Story

     i feel am no smart becoz any people no like or love me evone my faimly member sey honey my name honey u know u so uggly am lough and say i know dear somtime i feel i wiil suside bt my close frnd my heart say this think is bad and am crying
    HONEY29 HONEY29 18-21 2 Responses May 18, 2012

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    I got a very bad result on mock exam today.

    I hate my life. Why can't I be good at something?
    flirthypanda flirthypanda 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 30

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    I Use The Right Side Of My Brain

    i have always used the right side of my brain.. you know, the more thoughtful, creative and subjective one.. and basically everyone i know works with their left side.. the logical, objective and analytical side.. life, in general, demands me to use my left side.. my logic, common...
    SpoonFullofSugar11 SpoonFullofSugar11 18-21 3 Responses Jan 30, 2013

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    I Feel Like Im Not Even Smart...

    Ok so im new to this...well i feel like...I'm not smart at all. I mean I know basic math, science, english... you know, common sense... but i can't seem to exceed those basic levels. Sure I know a lot of fancy words, and I know how to spell, but i can't seem to be able to...
    callmewhateveryouwant callmewhateveryouwant 13-15, M Dec 7, 2010

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    Society,

    Society values smart as having lots of knowledge, of knowing random facts, and being able to pick something up easily with very little practice.Very rarely do we fixate on the idea of having to practice at something, of taking the time to read hundreds of books to know this...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    I Don't Feel Smart But I Know I Am

    I know that I really am smart. I get good test scores and have a high GPA in a STEM magnet program. I just feel so stupid, though. The people that I'm in the program with are some of the smartest people in the country (36 ACT's, 2300+ SAT's, INTEL winners and national champions...
    MelthanaLynn MelthanaLynn 18-21 1 Response Jul 19, 2013

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    I Used To Be The One With All The Answers...

    But now that I'm in an environment of academically advanced folks, I feel like I'm lagging. Even though at work I'm surrounded by opportunities I've wanted for a long time, it's as though I just don't know how to take advantage of them. I'm at a loss, within what I thought was my...
    alizie alizie 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    Smart Enough?

    Can one ever be smart enough? It is said that we use only 10% (or less for some) of our brain. To me that is a lot of room to grow...
    verydeepthinking verydeepthinking 51-55, M 3 Responses Jul 17, 2013

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    College Blues

    I'm in my junior year of college. My boyfriend won't marry me until I get a college degree. I am about to bust at the seams from the pressure to hurry up and graduate. He is working on his Ph.D in engineering and says undergrad is so easy. He rides me about my GPA and keeps up...
    Oliviabud Oliviabud 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2009

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    A Dream I Feel I Can't Reach,

     I have always loved music and I actually have a natural talent for guitar and singing, so I was looking up colleges that I want to go to that have amazing music studies. and I found University of Missouri In St.Louis. so i called and got all the paper...
    fwee3 fwee3 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 1, 2009

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    I'm Smart, But...

    I used to think I was smart. I would be able to figure things out before anyone else, I worked hard, got good grades. I was proud of myself and felt great about my life. I even had great friends and teachers. This all ended a few weeks ago. That was when I started high school...
    redgreenblueyellow redgreenblueyellow 13-15 1 Response Oct 1, 2012

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    A Let Down

    ive alwa knew i wasnt the smartest in the 5th grade my teacher had told me i was on a lower level than everyone else she done this by using her hands to say your on a level down here and everyone else is on a level up here it hurt me so bad that she had said that to me in front...
    cracker5381 cracker5381 22-25 3 Responses May 24, 2012

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    School

    I am dreading my final exams.. I really need somebody to teach me additional science.. And CIRCLE THEOREMS. I'm sick of getting frustrated with my work and fighting back tears in class..how ridiculous is that.. Almost crying everytime I see something confusing.
    troubledbody troubledbody 16-17, F Oct 2, 2013

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    I Don't Feel I Know

    I know I'm not smarter than the other people in my class.
    MaryAlias MaryAlias 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2011

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    The only time I know

    that I'm not a stupid person is when I got high grades in my secondary school, and was awarded a bursary for it. However, I did not put much thought about what to do next in college, I instead end up with a course I'm still doing for two years now. I hate it and I barely go to...
    zer01 zer01 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    As I age I realize the less I know

    and the scariest part of realizing how little you know is coming to the realization that you'll never have time to learn everything you want to. "Everyone needs someone to lean on"
    Patval1933 Patval1933 18-21, M Mar 23

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    They Make Me Feel Like It

     the customers and some co workers make me feel that i am not smart enough for my job . or thati  will never become what i want to do . and that is to be a store director.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 26, 2009

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    Especially When It Comes To...

    Especially when it comes to courses that I don't seem to be able to grasp the answers in.
    evilkittymew evilkittymew 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 22, 2009

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    First Year University Inadequacy...

    I'm in my first year of university studying Literature and Philosophy in a very prestigious university in England. It is a great university with a great atmosphere and has been voted  the University of the Year. The standard of academic ability is high and everyone you talk to...
    Deef Deef 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 9, 2012

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    He Does This I Do That

    my boyfriend is majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering..... i'm majoring in...well..becoming a wedding planner.. when he talks about his classes i can only nod and smile and pretend like i understand...but i don't in the least bit... i feel extra dumb when i'm...
    iveseenitall iveseenitall 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2008

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    From Honors To Begging...

    I used to be an all A student in all honors classes and always good friends with all my teachers and then I moved to another country and all of a sudden I was almost held back a year probably didn't because the teachers felt bad that  I was new to the school. The next year I...
    ddshaw ddshaw 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 30, 2011

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    I am a junior in college.

    Ive always been an average/above average student. I do my work, study for exams, join clubs...everything that im "supposed" to do. The thing is, I always feel like im not as good as everyone else. Whenever I do something good, I always attribute my success to luck. Even when I...
    iwanttochangemyself iwanttochangemyself 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    Maths...

    Well, i was recently forced to do this Math enrichment program thing. I'n not bad at Maths, but i'm a little above average. It is very hard for me and i can barely do any of the problems in this book. I struggle to do the special problems that need to be done weekly. I don't...
    NotStableMind NotStableMind 13-15, M May 10, 2010

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    I Feel This Way

       THERE ARE TIMES THAT I DON'T FEEL THAT I'M SMART. ITS KIND OF MAKES FEEL LIKE I'M DUMB OR SOMETHING. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SMART PERSON. WHEN EVER THAT IT COMES TO MATH. THAT IS WHERE I HAVE ALWAYS EXELLED IN. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OTHER  THINGS. I SEEM TO BE NOT THAT SMART...
    acjf acjf 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    Confidence

    I have grown up with best friends whome have all exceeded in school with principles honor roll, scholarships, and great opportunities handed to them. My grades in school were only average, or below. Most of the time I would try just as hard as they would but for some reason it...
    TayG TayG 18-21 2 Responses Jul 7, 2011

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    From The Lonely Girl Inside

    Not good enough, always making mistakes, these things are all me and I don't know how much more I can take. I try my best to measure up to your rigid goals for me but all I do is fail miserably. I am not good enough...smart enough... fast enough... or special enough so I hide...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 41 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    Overwhelmed.

    As my senior year approaches I begin to start worrying about my future more and more. I'm currently a junior and tomorrow I'll be going on my second week of school. I already had my anxiety attacks and my crazy outbreaks about what's to come down the road. This year I made the...
    lovelyxfran lovelyxfran 16-17, F Sep 2, 2013

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    I use to be very smart

    and i felt great and i felt special and different but now that i am studying something different it totaly changed so last year i was in midle school and i was getting everything so well and it was easy but when i entered high school i was in all honors it kind of overwelmed me...
    Starfishesis Starfishesis 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 15

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    Not Smart

    I am tired of feeling this way and not getting people. It seems as if I have no common sense or critical thinking skills and don't graps things easly. I have tired to look for help but no one wants to help. Peopl at work don't talk to me and I don't like being alone. I feel that...
    Tutooi Tutooi 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2009

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    I am sixteen years old

    and have just received my "predicted gcse grades". All of my predicted grades are a grade B. Many people have told me these are "good grades" but to me a B is just average. I don't hope I come across as being vain because I really am not at all. I'm very insecure. I'm so...
    Candyflosshair Candyflosshair 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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    College Blues

    I'm in my junior year of college. My boyfriend won't marry me until I get a college degree. I am about to bust at the seams from the pressure to hurry up and graduate. He is working on his Ph.D in engineering and says undergrad is so easy. He rides me about my GPA and keeps up...
    Oliviabud Oliviabud 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 29, 2009

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