I will have an interview for my scholarship to study grad school in US next month (taken 30 in total 122). In this month me and other 6 candidates have been gathering together to mock the interview. Based on what I observe and other information, I think that I can have the scholarship. With that thinking, for over a week, I have switched my focus to other priority. However, I'm afraid that I'm just blindly arrogant, and soon I will have to pay a mortal price for this.
Evidences that support me
- After I finished my turn, everyone got exited and said that I was very well prepare. They said that they could see my readiness and alacrity in my talk. They commented that I spoke a little fast, but at the same time I reacted to the questions fast as well.
- The questionnaire is taken from the previous interview questions. I can answer them all fast with little thinking time.
- I have seen their SOPs, and most of them have things like quote from famous scientist. I think I'm very lucky that I have ask this before in Academia SE1.
- There is a high chance that the interviewers are not from my field. Mine is biophysics and the professor with the closest field is particle physics.
Evidences that against me
- This doesn't mean that other people are worse than me. In contrast, some of them seem to be very prominent. They are either more experience or win more contests than me.
- My sample is only 6, while the population is 122.
- And my weakest point: I have a big hole in statistical physics, the fundamental knowledge in my major. During my dissertation, most of the time is coding. It does need statistical physics knowledge, but at a very basic level.
Of course I know what I should do. I am filling my hole by self studying. I need to read six chapters of a very good book2 and so far only finish three first ones. I will finish it in a couple months, but finish all now is impossible.
I see my weak points. But I cannot help of thinking positive. Can you tell me if I'm arrogant or not?