<p>Right before freshman year, I was accepted into a selective, accelerated program within my high school. This program involves taking AP classes (beginning at freshman year), researching culminating topics for multiple years, writing literature reviews, etc. </p>
<p>I remember feeling terrified to go into this program. I thought that I would be at the "bottom of the top." I knew everyone else in the program was just as smart, if not smarter, than me.
Fast-forward four years, and I'm the valedictorian of my class...I look back at my fear and feel silly for being so anxious.</p>
<p>Now that I've been accepted to Princeton, I'm starting to feel the way I did four years ago. The insecurity within myself is greater now than ever. I feel like my luck is going to run out and if I go to Princeton, I will truly be at the "bottom of the top." </p>
<p>What worsens my fear is the fact that a girl I know (who graduated a few years ago from the same high school program) went to Harvard (on a pre-med track, which is what I also want to do), studied for a year, and dropped out because she was failing. I have no idea what she is doing now, but I'm scared that I could end up "failing" at achieving my dreams.</p>
<p>Has anyone else ever felt this way and overcome it?</p>