“Imposter Syndrome.” It happens to everyone who puts themselves in situations that are uncomfortable: environments that push them to grow and inspire them to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Despite the feeling of not belonging, imposter syndrome actually means that you are right where you’re supposed to be: it means that you’re in a headspace that encourages you to constantly strive for more, and when recognized in a healthy manner, it can be the driving force that causes you to shoot for the stars and achieve successes that you never thought were possible.
During the college application process, students usually have the opportunity to visit numerous college campuses across the world in order to figure out if you can envision yourself at that university. Visiting schools is a great way to help decide if you should apply to the school and the visit can inspire your “Why X” college application essay.
Writing college application essays can be grueling because you're trying to figure out the words that best describe who you are and formulating the most succinct and compelling way to get your message across. Brainstorming can be the hardest part: it can send you into an existential crisis where you’re stuck wondering who you actually are, what you’re passionate about, and what you want to do with your life.
When applying to colleges, I knew that I wanted to leave my home state of Maryland. However, when the time came to actually commit to a college, I was super nervous and conflicted about leaving the comforts of my hometown to go to a school across the country where I did not know a single person.
I started coding when I was in middle school or so, and at that time, there wasn’t much representation for other young girls interested in the same things. All of the activities and online games that encouraged some form of computer science or programming - like Roblox, Minecraft, and robotics kits, were all catered towards boys, which was a bit discouraging of course, but didn’t end up stopping me from pursuing my interests.