Sometimes I get really stressed out because I feel like everybody here is a lot smarter than me. I don't feel like I deserve to be at Berkeley, no matter how much my friends try to reassure me. What do I do?
Everyone here at Cal is smart :o) with many different types of talents and skills. Know that Cal does not accept anyone who “does not below here” – surely you are not the one exception. Try to re-frame any negative thoughts and avoid sweeping generalizations like “Everyone here is a lot smarter than me.” Instead focus on the fact that you are working hard and doing your best. If you’re really struggling in class, seek out tutoring, get guidance from your GSI and/or professor. Be your own cheerleader, speak kindly to yourself, and focus on what makes you special and great.
Cal’s Tang Center has health educators and counselors who are happy to talk to you about this more in depth, if you’re interested. Take care.