Mastering mediocrity

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.”
— Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law School '14