I am a undergraduate studying maths at the moment and I have been enrolled for 3 years almost. As I have not fully finished with the degree, I still have time and courses to take and there is this question/issue in my head that I don't always really feel comfortable with.
(This are all my perception) I think during undergraduate you don't become a mathematician but you lay the ground. At times I can get chance to see how is graduate life, how is doing research like and it sometimes look a bit like a fantasy to think that you can be productive in graduate years due to:
- Tho learning maths can be easy or hard, what you learn in undergraduate may not make you ready to do research or even read papers and feel comfortable.
- Even if you excel at undergraduate, solving unsolved problems is different from solving assignments and this if you think about it might make you feel like imposter that you are 'useless' actually.
I was wondering how to view undergraduate studies during your undergraduate years and benefit from it in a smarter way. One good advice was to go broad and get the big picture , you will have time to dive deep. And I just am looking for thoughts of people on the matter.
I am pretty sure this thoughts are common, so any link to similar issues or etc are welcome.