Oberlin College and Conservatory

Impostor Syndrome: Workshop Series

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Wilder Hall (Student Union), Room 112
135 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Have you ever felt like an impostor? Are you working hard to overcome a fear of failure? Are you sometimes convinced that you are only here because you got lucky? If you feel or have felt this way during your academic career, or work with others who express this senetiment, there is a term for that (Impostor syndrome) and this workshop is for you!

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud." 

Impostor experience can take form differently for everyone. Some common signs that someone may be feeling like an impostor are:
Undermining one's own achievements
Fear of failure
Discounting praise

Impostor experience can present itself through thoughts such as:

"I must not fail"
"I feel like a fake"
"I just got lucky"
Impostor experience may be accompanied by anxiety, stress, or depression.

This is the final session in this four-part series of workshops geared toward combating impostor syndrome. 

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Administrative, Counseling Center, CLEAR - Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences, Student Academic Success Programs

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Nicollette Mitchell

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