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Back to School: Imposter Syndrome Edition

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Texas chapter.

It’s a new school year for me at The University of Texas at Austin. It’s an exciting time to hit that refresh button and get excited to pursue a new semester of classes, join new organizations, and apply to new internships. But as the hours, days, and weeks go by I sit in this feeling of uncertainty. A feeling where I’m uncertain if I belong. 

I have to admit, it’s difficult attending a predominantly white institution. I’m constantly having to reassure myself that I deserve to be where I am. It has not been an easy journey, but I remind myself of the sacrifices my family and I have made to make sure I’m given equal opportunities. And a chance to live a life that I’m proud of. 

There are many ways that you can combat this feeling, but you have to start with being kind to yourself. 

As a first-generation Mexican-American student I want to help you remind yourself of your worth. Here are some ways that can help you combat your Imposter Syndrome.

  • Let yourself be proud of your accomplishments – Celebrate, you deserve it!
  • Don’t let failures dictate your abilities – We can all learn from our mistakes!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – It’s okay to ask for help!
  • Be Confident in yourself – You’re smart and beautiful!
  • Don’t try to act like someone you’re not – It’s important, to be honest with yourself!
  • Don’t listen to what other people think – Stay true to yourself!
  • Join Organizations within your communities – Trust me, you’re not alone!

All these things are easier said than done, I wanted to acknowledge that you are entitled to feel the way that you do. Just know that I am so proud of you. I’m here to support you and be a reminder that you do belong and that you are capable of great things. Don’t doubt yourself, and if you do just reassure yourself, and take things day by day.

I'm Chantal, a first-Generation college student at The University of Texas at Austin. I come from a Mexican household, and I'm proud of my culture. I'm a daughter of immigrants, navigating this new college world on my own. I hope to encourage other girls to push forward, despite the obstacles.