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OMG: Coming to Waterloo has made me realize how pathetic I am. Everyone has perfect grades, perfect ideas, start ups, non-profits, volunteer experiences, awards, awesome co-op jobs, perfect international experiences... And all I'm good for is barely passing classes, eating cookies and watching movies. I feel like I've wasted 18 precious years of my life.

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  1. Don't beat yourself up OP. If people were really that awesome they wouldn't be attending UW.

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  2. Everyone has their own problems. There are people who seem like that, but you can't tell what's going on in a person's life by glancing at the surface.

    You're only 18 - there's a lot of time left for you to achieve these things.

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  3. OP take time to assess yourself. You can't change your past, but you can change your future. Examine where you think you're failing and start to make small changes to better yourself into how you want to be. Don't worry about others as too many people rely on their past to coast on their future. It will be difficult so I suggest to surround yourself with people who are supportive in your endeavors and take all criticism with a grain of salt. You know now that things have to change so it's up to you to start making the effort.

    Been there, done that. It was extremely difficult myself, but worth it in the end by starting to feel like I actually accomplished something. It can be somewhat intimidating to be with people who seem to have everything while you don't feel you have anything. I came to this province from out West from the fields. My class was full of those types you mentioned. In the end I found out how to use my own gifts and can say I can compete with the best of them. I am sure you can too. Just need to do what you don't want to do, make hard decisions. It might turn out, or it might not, world is unfair. But you'll need to start somewhere.

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  4. You're suffering from observation bias. You perceive everyone to be doing so much better than you because the people that are doing better than you are more visible. The reality is that a majority of students at UW live pretty normal lives with few achievements this early on in life. The ones that are making splashes are a small subset of the student body that are either geniuses, well-funded or lucky. Nothing more.

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    1. PD 20 IS USEFUL YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST FOLKS

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  5. "And all I'm good for is barely passing classes, eating cookies and watching movies."
    There is your problem. Stop eating cookies and stop watching movies and go study.

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  6. Stop watching movies/tv.

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  7. I dropped out and it was the best decision ever. Went to Conestoga College for something that I want to do in life, left my parents because they put too much pressure on me... zero regrets.

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  8. Dude, seriously shut the fuck up. You're at a great university in a great country. Just look around you how many people are working minimum wage or shitty factory jobs, or for that matter how many people are unemployed. Be grateful for what you've got.

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    1. yes. go in debt more to avoid being unemployed for a bit longer

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  9. Hey, I used to feel like that. Many people are extremely good at this game of deception and seeming like they have everything put together on the outside. Don't let that fool you. The people that seem the most confident may be the most broken. Focus on the bigger picture - what you want out of LIFE. Your years here will be over soon, and eventually what's really going to matter is how fulfilled you feel with your life, not how many awards you got or how you compare to everyone else.

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