Phoebe Slater asked Danielle Schroeder, Pennoni

AddedFriday, May 24, 2019 at 3:21 AM

I feel like I'm too stupid for engineering, what can I do?

I really want to do engineering, but I am having self doubt in thinking that I'm too stupid to do it. What should I do, go for it or don't even bother especially that I'm not great maths?

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  • Danielle Schroeder , Pennoni
    Answered Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 4:07 PM
    Hi Phoebe, 
    It is a common misconception that you need to be amazing at math and science to become an engineer! If you really want to pursue engineering and enjoy solving problems, then engineering is a great fit for you! I personally had my fair share of self-doubt throughout my time studying civil engineering, but I surrounded myself with other female engineering students who reminded me that I am not alone and who encouraged me to keep putting in the hard work. Regardless of what college you go to, they will have ample resources that can help you if you are struggling with a class. 
    Even if you are not great at math, if you put in the hard work at college when studying the material, you can succeed! I may have been good at math in school, but I struggled when it came to science, especially physics which carried over to my college Physics classes. The way I persevered is by going to my physics professor’s office hours almost every week. Did it mean a lot more effort to make sure I understood the material ? Yes, but it was completely worth it! 
    Hope this answers your question! Let me know if you have any follow up questions.