Strategies for Coping with Impostor Syndrome

Remember, although you may work and study like a professional, you are still a student. Please utilize the university services available to students.

A student covers their face with their hands in distress
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Remind Yourself You're Worthy

  • Acknowledge how you're feeling, but remember you're not alone. Most students in your program have also felt like an Imposter at some point.
  • Talk about it. Have conversations regarding how you're feeling with other students in the program, your support system, a mentor, and/or the university's CAPS staff members. Don't isolate yourself.
  • Stand in the "Power Pose" for two minutes. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your hands on your hips and your chin slightly up, looking towards the sky. Studies show this pose increases confidence and self-assuredness.
  • Practice stating your opinions and observations so you can do so confidently in class or at presentations.
  • Take a break and remember why you're doing this if you hit an obstacle and are beginning to doubt yourself. Rest has shown to be an instigator in momentum; remembering your passions can reignite motivation.
  • Believe you are unique and have something to offer. You were accepted into the program because your advisor and faculty members believe you belong there. They have faith in you and what you bring to the table.
  • Create a power playlist. Find songs that make you want to conquer the world and sing at the top of your lungs. Listen to those songs whenever you think something is impossible.