I'm Smart And I Love To Learn

Many consider me as a scholastically-gifted student. I have aced most of my tests here in college so far. Thing is, I am not really "smart" in the natural conventional sense. I am what most people call as "book smart". I am solely dependent on book information. I read a text, retain the information, then answer the test. That's my study routine. I don't have any practical skills and I rarely understand the information I read. I am pathetic when it comes to public speaking and my ideas are completely unimaginative.

I think I'm going to fail in life. When employers find out that my knowledge is purely superficial and that I have no practical skills, I'd be pathetically unemployed, right? Please give me any advice.
kialiaciao kialiaciao
22-25, F
2 Responses May 5, 2012

Your post itself proves that you do in fact have practical skills. Do you know how many people can write a paragraph with varying sentence structure, apt vocabulary and no spelling errors? Not many. Writing is a skill much desired by employers. My own writing ability -- not so much innate as cultivated -- has been extremely handy in nearly every job I've held.

YoungFolks has the right idea. If you find that you are merely regurgitating information in your college courses, then you should find ways to make your learning a more productive, as opposed to passive, process. Writing is a great way to do this. If you write a paper collecting, summarizing, interpreting and analyzing disparate pieces of information, you will find your understanding of the material is vastly increased. Being able to explain and organize information well will also help you with public speaking and life in general.

I'm exactly like you. Start from the bottom, question everything, and answer it by yourself. No textbook / Wikipedia or internet. Paper and pen, write (or try to) write answer to questions.