I received an email from someone going through a tough time while changing graduate programs. I was going to write out my response, but I think this warranted a more personal setting, as “feeling like a loser in graduate school” is a very personal and known thing for me. Anyway, the following is the email and my in-pajamas video response. I can only hope that if my words don’t help, my Elvises and cheery hearts robe can.
Read your blog for the first time today because I was looking up for something similar. Something to motivate me and help me get out of the state I am in now. I have a similar situation – I’m a graduate student in electrical engineering and had to leave my school after a year of doing coursework due to a low GPA. I know I put in my best efforts but somehow it worked for everybody around me, but not for me.
I did not fail in a course or anything but the low GPA makes me feel like a loser every single day. Today I have an admit from a different school to join for the next intake but will have to start all over again. The degree is now going to just get extended and I don’t even want to talk about the amount of money I’ve lost in the bargain.
If you could get back to me with some inspirational words or give me a piece of advice, it would help a lot.