Social comparisons & Perfectionism
By Brown University Medical Student, MD'18
I have always put a lot of pressure on myself. I remember being in fifth grade and getting a 95% on a math quiz and feeling so ashamed. I knew the answer to that one question: why was I too dumb to do it right?
By Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law School '14
Even if you're smart, you're eventually going to find yourself in a pool of people who are smarter, whether it's at Brown, in graduate school or in the professional world. Don't just put up your hands and accept being "okay." Being a smart person that got into a great school, you can always keep learning, develop a unique combination of knowledge and experience and find a role where you are exceptionally valuable. Also, it's just not that fun to accept being just "okay."
By Eliza Lanzillo, Brown University '16, Psychology
A video of Eliza Lanzillo, rising senior at Brown University, sharing her experiences with social comparisons.