Greetings, This might not be a question of the usual kind. However, the feelings that I perceive these days cannot be put into more mainstream a framework. I am a quite successful undergraduate (2nd term) student of Pure Mathematics. However, now that almost a year has elapsed, I feel in retrospect that this timespan is severely out of scale, in relation to the amount of new knowledge, new concepts and ways of thinking attained. And in a certain sense, it frustrates me. My university is good, my professors great. The topics we learn are, albeit basic, of essential importance, and I do know why I am learning them and that I remain motivated. I have a deep unconditional interest in abstract structures. I had hoped, though, and that may be the cause of my frustration, that I will learn much more and understand much more. Some of you may suggest me to study whatever I am additionally interested in by myself. And, yes, that's exactly what I am trying to do. The actual topics that I need to write exams on, and hence have a priority, do require a significant amount of time, though. I can't just not finish a homework sheet (which aren't difficult, but require time nonetheless), and instead prove all theorems in a chapter or two of a book on measure theory by myself. Of course, I am not the "ideal" student. I procrastinate a lot. I could work on that. And I could make an effort to improve my social life. I do have one, but it could be a lot more satisfying. All in all, I could become more efficient in what I do. My question is, is anyone familiar with what I am talking about? Has anyone ever felt that he hadn't learned enough, or wasted time? Is having a good social life a necessity for long-lasting academic success? Is it just a result of unrealistic expectations that I feel frustrated by a seeming lack of knowledge and understanding? Thanks a lot in advance. Cheers, Etenim Edit: To be fair, every month my mental maturity grows. My personality does change (to the positive). That's the most noticeable gain.