Be More Than the "Average" Student

I am in my third year of college in Baytown. I will be recieving my associates degree and May 2009 then I will be
transfering to Lamar University to pursue my bachelors in Chemical Engineering. I have always been good in Math and fair in science, and now that I'm going to a 4 year school Im starting to feel a little discouraged about facing other students who could possibly be 10x smarter than I am. I just want to know if the "average" student can become a chemical engineer. I look at the degree plan and I have to take plant design, process control, CAMS, etc., and I have never heard of any of the classes! I was told once by a chemical engineer that once I get past Calculus II things wont be so difficult for me, and I am proud to say that I will be done with Cal II in May...Yay!!! So I would like to get some
feedback from other chemical engineers about some of their experiences while in school. I just want to know that I can do this even though I was not class valedictorian
posted by TeAndra K., Baytown, TX on March 29, 2012

Answer by Christina Miller

Hello TeAndra, I completely understand your concerns as I was also intimidated by the curriculum outline for my Chemical Engineering program. However, trust me, you are anything but average. There will always be people who have talents that differ from yours...that doesn't make them smarter or better equipped in pursuing a chemical engineering degree. For me, the greatest difficulty wasn't the perplexing math questions or physical chemistry and thermodynamics problems that I probably still couldn't solve to this day, the greatest difficulty was having the self-confidence to challenge myself to continue. Most students, like you, have worked hard and achieved high academic accolades as reflected in their grades...it's not about grades! You are going to embark on a very challenging academic journey that will challenge you mentally. There will be concepts you will grasp easily and others that you may never understand. As long as you do your best, challenge your mind, and focus on the learning other rather than the grades, and strive to pursue your own standards of achievement (regardless of the grades, behaviors, or specific talents of others that differ from you) you will succeed...I promise! Don't give up! Christina