PhD vs ME
October 4, 2012 9:36 AM Subscribe
So, I just started my PhD program. Are my feelings normal? I'm worried that I'm not working enough and that my ideas are bad.
posted by anonymous to education (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I started a PhD program and I feel like I'm not doing enough. All of the 2nd-7th years tell me that I should just relax and enjoy the process, but it's difficult. I came into a lab without a current project and so I need to figure out what I'm doing. I dread my advisor meetings because I seriously am not making much progress. My advisor told me that it'd be nice for me to be publishing right away. I feel like I'm always behind deadline and it makes me nervous. I'm worried that my advisor is regretting letting me in the lab. I feel at home here and really love my program, but I just feel so...slackerish all of the time. It feels like everybody is doing 10 times more than I am. My grades are good and I've been steadily getting caught up with the literature each week, but it feels like I should have so much more now. Are these feelings normal? If not, should I just be working harder? What can I do?