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.