I started my new paid research position as an undergrad today. I must say that I am quite nervous about it. I am still on a learning curve, and I am not sure how to fulfill all the expectations of my professor. Today, I was given a fairly medium problem to work on, except that I couldn't figure it out at that moment. I was scared and nervous. What if he kicks me out? I want to work more independently, and not go to the professor for step-by-step instructions. I mean, why would he hire me if he knew how to do everything by himself? Is it just me or does everyone feel somewhat intimidated during their first days at research?