139: Imposter Syndrome as a High Achieving First-Gen Grad Student with Samantha Gonzalez
This week our special guest is Samantha Gonzalez who talks to us about her process of navigating imposter syndrome as a high achieving first-gen grad student.
Samantha is a Program Coordinator for a First-Gen Summer Bridge Program for incoming college freshmen at a local college in Las Vegas, Nevada and has a Master’s Degree in Education from John Hopkins University.
In this episode we discuss:
– Her undergrad experience at UCLA and how she dealt with imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and anxiety
– How imposter syndrome is complex, multilayered, and also affected by a lack of belonging and being in spaces that don’t value your assets
– How counterstories and reframing have helped her to combat imposter syndrome
-And lastly, Samantha offers advice on what others can do to create or expand their support system if they too are navigating similar issues
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