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Re: When the going gets tough

My advice would be not to make any decisions on the matter now. The end of semester (with finals and all) can be a really frustrating time, especially during your freshman year (and if you aren't getting enough sleep).
During and after the holidays, you will hopefully have some less stressful time to think about it. If you then still have these misgivings, you can talk to a faculty advisor about it. If you have wanted to be a paleontologist for such a long time, my experience is that it is best not to give up on a dream on the basis of one semester (when you are still getting used to college life). Hopefully it's just nerves, and the end-semester "madness" tends to get easier after you've been through a couple of them.
Good luck, Ken
From: "GOBI 2010" <gobi2010@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: gobi2010@hotmail.com
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: When the going gets tough
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2000 19:15:11 -0000

Ever since I've been little, I've wanted to become "a paleontologist" when I
grew up. Now, I'm in my first year of college, and that goal seems so much
--and so much farther away.
I'm struggling with my basic bio classes, & labs. It's a lot more work than
I expected, and I seem to be failing. At times like this, I wonder if I'm
really cut out to become a paleontologist, and consider going into a subject
that's 'easier' for me,(Maybe art or archaeology) instead of this 'insane
struggle'as classmates have dubbed it.
The fact is, it's tough to keep going, and some days (okay, forget some--
MANY) it seems my goal is mereley a dream, something utterly out of my
reach, and I feel as if the world's taking great joy in pushing my failures
into my face.
I know I'm not the only one who'se faced discouragement out there.
So, I'm asking for a little advice, please, folks:

What do YOU do when you're discouraged in your work?

also, on another line of thought:
love how my college's handled the dinosauria... they're currently ignored in
my biology class (We've got reptiles and birds,though!)--
and currently all dinosaur-related things are handed over to the geology
prof, at least to my knowledge.


-Jessica W.

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