Imposter syndrome: feelings of self-doubt, uncertainty and wondering if you’re in the right place at the right time. These are all normal feelings that we transfer students may be feeling right now amid the transition to a new university.
I knew it would be difficult, but I never imagined I would be going to a new school during a global pandemic. I have moments where I feel like I do not belong. I know I’m not the only one who is struggling with imposter syndrome, especially now, when a lot of students are feeling out of place. Everything just feels odd and up in the air.
I was looking forward to finally have a “real” college experience. COVID-19, however, has made it even harder for me to settle in, find friends and a community and become acquainted with my new school.
My academic experience has been different from the get-go. After high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I got my cosmetology license. After working in a salon, however, I decided I wanted to pursue a degree so I could use my writing to make a difference.
I have always loved academics, but deciding to start at page zero wasn’t an easy decision. It caused me to often feel behind my peers. I chose to complete my first two years at Wake Technical Community College, because it was a better match for my finances. There is a lot of stigma surrounding community colleges, and I originally felt a little embarrassed, but Wake Tech was an amazing experience and I thrived.