Now that I'm sitting here, having finished my first year of college, I can't help but wonder if I'm on the right track or doing enough to get to where I want to be. As I've said before, I want to get a PhD so I can do research (more specifically, I've been really intrigued by USC's program in marine environmental biology) But I can't help but feel like an underachiever as far as getting ahead in the game. I have done some things; I've been researching my major since I was little, I'm in the honor society and am gearing up for my SCUBA certification in the fall, and I have volunteered at an aquarium before (and will likely return next month) However, there are so many people in my program who have done so much more. My friend got her SCUBA certification and did research in the Carribean before starting college, worked for a couple of months at the marine science campus, is currently working at an aquarium, and next year she'll be the president of our honor society and a peer counselor in our program....that's ONE PERSON! So yea, compared to people like that, I feel like I haven't done a thing and will have more trouble getting to my goals than others. My other friends try to tell me that that amount of work isn't absolutely necessary, but I'm so used to being an overachiever myself that seeing people like my friend makes me feel like I shouldn't be in this program, which feels sucky to be honest ebcause this is the only thing I've wanted to do for years.
So I guess the point of this rant is, has anyone made it past the grueling undergrad world and has any advice for me?