I Feel Like I'm Not Smart Enough

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 408 People

    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
    1 Response Jul 19, 2013

    I got a very bad result on mock exam today.

    I hate my life. Why can't I be good at something?
    flirthypanda flirthypanda
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 30, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 11, 2014

    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
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jan 22, 2009

    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
    3 Responses Jan 30, 2013

    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
    3 Responses Sep 29, 2009

    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

    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

    Preface: In many ways I am very fortunate.

    I have always led a very easy, cushy, pampered life. I have never had to contend with hunger, homelessness, poverty, deprivation, or financial hardship. I am quite well taken care of. I have never been physically or sexually abused. I have never had any serious illness or injury...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    Apr 3, 2016


    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
    2 Responses Feb 3, 2011

    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


    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

    I Don't Feel I Know

    I know I'm not smarter than the other people in my class.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 18, 2011

    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
    3 Responses Dec 22, 2009

    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
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 9, 2012

    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...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jun 15, 2014

    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
    1 Response Aug 12, 2012


    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 2, 2013


    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
    2 Responses Jul 7, 2011


    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
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 2, 2013

    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

    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
    2 Responses Feb 24, 2008

    I Feel This Way

    acjf acjf
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 2, 2011

    I don't understand why my parents expect

    straight A's from me, when I still push the pull doors..
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 14, 2015

    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
    2 Responses May 18, 2012

    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

    My doctor told me I am in perimenopause.

    Yes, it sucks. It means I am getting old, and less attractive, feeling like my sex life will end. But one thing she told me was that one of the first signs of perimenopause is not being able to focus. I think this is what happened to me at nursing school. It doesn't...
    PinkHeartCrystals PinkHeartCrystals
    41-45, F
    Sep 5, 2015

    Yeah, I quit nursing school

    after I had put years of work into getting that degree. I was at clinical one day and I just knew I couldn't go back. I had made so many terrible mistakes and both my instructor and a doctor were furious with me. I knew I wasn't ever going to be a good nurse because I am not...
    PinkHeartCrystals PinkHeartCrystals
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jun 12, 2015

    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
    Aug 25, 2012

    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
    3 Responses May 24, 2012

    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, 2014

    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
    1 Response Oct 1, 2012

    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
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 23, 2014

    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

    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
    2 Responses Dec 26, 2009

    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
    46-50, F
    33 Responses Feb 2, 2011
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