I was sheltered during my formative years of schooling in that I was surrounded by, and immersed within, a group of predominantly gifted students. Having been raised in this environment, I somewhat naively thought that this subset of the population was at least slightly representative of the norm.
Long story short, I do not fit in at my current university. I constantly filter what I say and still my peers often ask me to define words and meet my comments with wide-eyed puzzlement. My profs more often than not view me as some kind of threat, and this just gives me the willies, and makes me feel super sad.
And no, my opinion of myself is not too high, in fact it is probably a tad-bit more on the lower side, if anything. Only recently have I become a bit more confident in my intellectual abilities, (yeah, my dad made it a point to tell me I was of average intelligence from a very young age).
I dunno, perhaps I should transfer.