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Grad school makes me feel like a failure

My life has flipped around 180 degrees since I came to grad school, in a bad way. I used to be an A student in undergrad. I used to be a Math major so now I decided to pursue a grad degree in Meteorology.The reason why I did a bachelors in math was so that I could be admitted into a graduate program in meteorology because back home none of the schools offered a meteorology degree. I cannot being to explain how horrible I've felt during this past year. No matter how hard I study I can't do well in a test to save my life. Fall semester was a train wreck, didn't do well at all in my classes. Always felt depressed, barely got any sleep because of all the studying. I had no previous coursework in meteorology when I came int this program, but my professors don't seem to understand that I'm at a disadvantage in comparison to my classmates who had all their undergrad coursework in meteorology. So much failure has led me to develop an extreme phobia of tests. I hate tests. I don't even like studying anymore because I know that no matter how hard I study I won't get a good grade. I  have no idea how to study for these courses anymore, I've tried everything and nothing  works. I have no idea what to do to get over my test phobia either. I've tried going to counseling services at the University but nothing they tell me can change how much of a failure I feel like. I honestly don't know what to do, I just want to get good grades again and be happy. :(
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First of all, this is something that happens to most people who get to the grad school level.  Everyone there has been used to getting As all their lives, and now they're grouped together and the same small number of people are going to get the As and the rest won't.  It can be very discouraging.  Secondly, nobody says you have to graduate in a certain amount of time.  There are two options if meteorology is really what you want to do:  go back to undergrad and take the courses you need to catch up, then go back to grad school, or take undergrad courses as a grad student and just take more time to complete your degree.  Good luck.
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Change majors.  With a math degree, you should be able to go on from there to something more suited to your interests.  If I had not had tons of proud family members pushing me with their expectations, I would have shifted from my area of graduate study to one more closely related to my undergrad degree as soon as it became clear I was not in the right area of study.  By my second semester, it was already clear to me that despite my hard study (harder than others I was with) I was never going to have the easy ride some of them did due to their prior exposure to the subject (and frankly, due to my not really finding it as interesting as I expected).  If you're struggling and never did before, it is not a sign that you are stupid or even that life is unfair because others had exposure as undergrads.  It's a sign that you chose the wrong course of study.  Pick another one!  You could go for an MBA, a CPA, a math master's or math Ph.D., an Engineering masters or Ph.D.   There are a lot of interesting graduate majors.

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I know it probably doesn't help, but the fact that you were a grade A student in undergrad already means that you're not a failure.  You've already proved that you're smarter and more capable than a huge majority of human beings.  Maybe grad school's just not for you.  :/

I've only got a BS, and I've been wondering if I should go back, but stories like these are intimidating.  My job's not terribly challenging or interesting, but it's not terribly stressful, either, and I know the grad school workload is.  I don't know if I could handle it.  But you're doing better than me, since you're at least trying and not taking the easy way out.
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