College Success Program Resources
IMPOSTER SYNDROME: What is it and how to fight it!
Congratulations, First Year Students!
You made it to college. You worked hard to get where you are today, and you have earned your place there. And yet many students (a higher percentage of those who are first in their family to go to college and/or students of color) report feeling that they don’t belong or don’t deserve to be there, that their admission was a mistake or a fraud. While this simply IS NOT TRUE, the feelings are truly real. Even highly qualified professionals experience these feelings. Listen to Michelle Obama's message to first-generation, first-year students to you in the video below!
What does imposter syndrome feel like?
This can make us feel a lack of confidence, anxious or fearful. But those are the very feelings we need to fight so that we can reach out and make connections on campus. In fact, study after study shows that the more you are engaged in your new school community, the more successful you will be, the more likely you are to finish your degree. Click on the picture above to hear more from first-gen students and how they felt and dealt with imposter syndrome.
Click on the link above for ten concrete things you can do to fight and overcome imposter syndrome and the negative feelings it brings.
You got this! You are Peak Ed Scholars, and we are still here to help whenever you need it.
Please don’t hesitate to call or text me at 719.647.7164.
College Success Program Coordinator