We are all trying to get the most out of LSE. But how many times do you find yourself doubting whether you are doing the right thing? Whether you are on the right track? Or whether people around you are way ahead of the game?
On one hand, it is good not to get fixed in our own ways, but on the other hand, this can lead to overthinking and self-doubt. This is why, sometimes, we should simply worry less, and do our own thing!
At LSE, a bunch of talented, ambitious people are put together in a classroom (well, in this year’s case, in a virtual classroom). Whilst this unique community is one of the most valuable things about LSE, it can lead to people comparing themselves and thinking that they are falling behind, either academically or career-wise.
We can ask ourselves “Am I doing the right thing for this course?” “Should I be pursuing a different career direction?” “Am I good enough for that?”. Translated, all those phrases represent the same thing, the concept of self-doubt. It is likely that the feeling of self-doubt will come to us once in a while, and that’s okay. However, we should remind ourselves that we are probably on the right track of our own journey (not anyone else’s).
For instance, we have all been asked before: “what are your plans after graduation?”. Most likely you will be surrounded by people who have secured a job after graduation, but another big majority might still be looking around and contemplating career options. Whether you have secured a job or not, you will eventually find the right thing for you.
Similarly, with assignments and revision, different people will have their own approaches that work for them. One thing that I have learned during my time at LSE is to avoid getting stressed about what everyone else is doing. The thing is – everyone is at different stages in their career and there is no single best way to approach your time here! And also, you don’t have to have the answers to everything just yet.
During your time at LSE, you may find new areas of interest that you did not know before, and this can shape where you want to go in life, what job you want to pursue or what you want to study in the future… My point is, do not stress or compare yourself too much. Your timing is right, and you will ultimately do whatever is best for YOU.
Another good thing about LSE, is that it offers great resources that can help you answer questions like these. You can have conversations with LSE LIFE study advisers and make use of the excellent careers service, where you can also book 1:1 appointments with professional career consultants. In addition, LSE’s counselling services are also worth checking out.
So, in a nutshell, your time at LSE is invaluable, but this is a reality check and a ‘note to self’ that you should worry less about what other people are doing and do your own thing!