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Start Mechanical Engineering Beng on Monday and feeling really anxious.

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    I'm half way through my induction week and it's going alright I suppose, there seems to be a lot of presentations and practical work involved in the degree which I'm fine with, I like the hands on approach. I'm feeling really anxious though, I've read on threads here that a lot of Mech Eng students drop out like flies and that it's an extremely difficult course. I am willing to put hours in for this course and I've killed my social life so I can focus and have many more spare hours, I don't care about the fun side of Uni tbh, I'd rather just focus completely on getting my degree, that's my sole purpose for uni. But I'm a guy that did rubbish in his A levels and got into uni via access course in engineering, I didn't do it the hard way. So is there a chance that I'm not capable? Is being "capable" a myth? Does it just depend on how much work you put in and everyone is at the same level at the start? 2 days into the induction week and I'm already panicking...
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    (Original post by Tayranitar)
    So is there a chance that I'm not capable? Is being "capable" a myth? Does it just depend on how much work you put in and everyone is at the same level at the start? 2 days into the induction week and I'm already panicking...
    Hey!

    First of all, don't worry, the majority of the people starting out will have about the same knowledge. Some will be further ahead, some behind, but it doesn't matter too much. The biggest part of engineering is to stay organized, start projects/reports/assignments as soon as possible, start reading class notes early on and it'll all be manageable. On top of that, it's perfectly possible to maintain a social life, just be sensible between balancing everything, though.

    Engineering has high dropout rates for many reasons. Some find it too hard (I'd perhaps propose it is more time-consuming opposed to just being hard), or it wasn't what people were expecting (either people expected it to be more practical, less mathematical, or to bypass all of the necessary fundamentals).

    Mechanical engineering has so many exciting prospects, it's a great field to get into and anyone is capable of getting a BEng degree if they're willing to put in the time and effort.

    All the best for starting!

    Scott
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    School of Engineering
 
 
 
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