I have always had good grades through my last 4 years of my degree, and here I am in my final year, attempting to work on a project, and feeling completely and utterly lost.
Before anyone asks, I do actually find the topic I'm doing quite interesting (compared to the other options that were available, anyway) but I just feel like I'm in way over my head with this degree.
My supervisor isn't the most helpful person, but he just keeps telling me to 'read papers' and take my project in the direction I want to.
When I try to do research, I'll get to page 2 of a published paper and all of a sudden the maths/technical stuff just gets WAY too intense and I have no idea what is going on, then I'll see that there are like 100 references and I end up flicking between different papers in a panic and getting nowhere. Even when I find something that seems like it could be useful to me, I have no idea how to even make use of it. It doesn't help that I need to use a lot of matlab and I am extremely bad at it.
I think my supervisor assumes I know a lot more than I actually do (which at this stage in the degree, I should, so he is quite right to think that). I feel like if I really told him where I'm at with this project he wouldn't even be able to understand how I know so little.
Did anyone else feel like this during their MEng? I am currently a month in and have about 2 and a half months left, but I can't see myself EVER managing to make any progress. I honestly feel like giving up but then that would just make the last 4 years such a huge waste of time.
I feel completely incapable of doing my master's dissertation
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