April 19


How imposter syndrome affects students there and how can they overcome it with the right support?

 We see that studying at school or university has the potential to incite feelings of inadequacy in students. We see that combined with remote learning as well as missed connections with peers, these feelings might lead students to engage in academic dishonesty to overcome the challenges they’re experiencing as well. We see that a Classroom App helps students to connect easily and share their problems.


We see that Imposter Syndrome refers to the feeling of inadequacy, incompetence as well as fraudulence despite the evidence that indicates otherwise. We see that many friends who have been or are experiencing the impact of this issue started looking into this problem to try as well as help them find ways to mitigate those feelings. Do we ask who all can be affected by Imposter Syndrome? We see that some may find it hard to believe that Imposter Syndrome can impact as well as affect the lives of individuals from many different walks of life, from a secondary school child to a ballerina, to a banker, or even a librarian that we have seen.

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We see that whilst all humans can be affected by Imposter Syndrome, many people have shown discrimination towards different groups could contribute to a higher vulnerability of individuals experiencing Imposter Syndrome among those groups as well. We see that in societies where women are prejudiced against, females leaders might question whether they are deserving of their success regardless of the external evidence of their capabilities as well.


We see that racial and ethnic stereotyping could also intensify the self-doubt experienced by ethnic minority students as well. We see that to understand what Imposter Syndrome is as well as to remove common misconceptions, it is helpful to look at what the syndrome is not as well. We see that Imposter Syndrome is not low self-esteem, workaholism, or nerves though individuals may experience these elements alongside having Imposter Syndrome as well. We see that there are three main signs associated with Imposter Syndrome: there is the fear of being exposed as a fraud, the sense of fooling others into overestimating one’s ability as well as attributing one’s success to other factors as well.

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We see that these feelings can be all-consuming as well.  We see that with Imposter Syndrome and university life many of us may have experienced self-doubt. We see that in small doses, this feeling of inadequacy can induce determination to disprove these troubling ideas as well. We see that however, for an individual with Imposter Syndrome, these feelings are more likely to accumulate as well as produce an overwhelming sensation of fear about being exposed and losing all credibility. We see that Evaluation and assessment are common themes of university life. We see that students are often required to be self-reflexive and self-critical in those processes.

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We see that with the amount of pressure and tests that students face, whether this is in the form of assignments, group projects, grades, the constant need to brand, network or represent the best parts of ourselves to future employers, teachers, or parents, as it is understandable that a large number of university students experience Imposter Syndrome as well. We see that starting university can be particularly difficult for people with Imposter Syndrome. We know that some of us might feel lost at the welcome lecture, finding many students sitting down, blanked faced, staring at a grinning teacher who tells us that “they are welcome”,  that “the weeks may be challenging”, and that “if they made it here then they must be capable, as well as smart, and knowledgeable“ and everything else which they may think that they are not.

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We know that it can be hard to hear those words, as well as suddenly see the corners of everyone else’s mouths turn up, smiling in agreement, smiling in confirmation, that they are smart as well as capable and deserve to be here, whilst some may think otherwise too. So what is the way and how can we overcome this? We see that fortunately, it is possible to overcome Imposter Syndrome. First, we can pay attention to our thoughts as well as acknowledge whether they are disabling or empowering to navigate the habitual cognitive patterns that we may have.

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We know that we are also advised to consider our strengths as well as be appreciative of the fact that perfection is unrealistic, to reduce the high expectations we have of ourselves. We see that most importantly, it is helpful to discuss our feelings with a trustworthy friend or family and opening up about insecurities or struggles can allow us to make progress in the right direction as well as receive the support we need. If they identify with some of the topics mentioned, they urge them to remember that they are not alone.


In that welcome lecture, where many of them are sat down, many of them may feel the same way as well as it is important to know that there are support services available to them all them. They feel like a fraud as well. Even when they have arguably “made it” —they got the job, they earned the recognition, they won the award — they can’t seem to shake the feeling that it’s all smoke as well as mirrors, that they must have tricked everyone, and that at any moment they will be discovered.

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They devalue their worth. We see that tried to talk somebody out of giving me money for work. “Why don’t they just do it for free?” they offered. We see that when suffering from self-doubt, it’s easy to think that they are the only ones who’s ever felt that way — but it’s not true. We see that even the most successful, powerful, as well as accomplished women (as well as men, too), have been unsure of themselves at one point or another as well. They can also make use of a CBSE Training Portal to seek resources.


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