By: Edith D Johnston PhD LPC
You have arrived at college. You have your scheduled classes. You are meeting such interesting people and have such freedom. You are a good student, so the assignments are getting done. Some of the classes have really caught your attention and you are delving in. Your classes cross majors and you challenge yourself. You discover there is more homework then you ever experienced in high school. You participate in study groups and tutor some of your peers. This college thing is good. You are making it at college.
You have become involved with different groups and activities on campus. You meet and interact with grad students. You find the conversations stimulating. You have a direction, a goal, yes – a major and a minor area of study. You wonder with so many interesting things to study, have you chosen the best one. You take some courses and do not see how they apply. You have some professors you wonder if they have any understanding of the real world. You discover a professor that makes the subject come alive. Maybe you should change your major. Semesters come and go and you are making it at college.
You complete some in depth studies. You research extensive materials in an area. You present your findings. You are recognized for a job well done. You watch the other presentations. You question what you have done. You know it was not perfect and thus lacking. You hope your colleagues do not find out you are an imposter. You have tutored many of your peers in several subjects, however your grades are not perfect (even at As). What if you are found out – not as smart as everyone thinks? You are faking it at college.
College can be the first place you have had to learn how to learn. You did not immediately absorb and integrate the information. You had to ask questions, connect the principals, and discover the meaning. You grasped the concepts. You tutored your peers. You had to practice. You began to question yourself – maybe not as smart or see I am really not capable of perfection. You perform in class and everyone is fooled. You are faking it at college.
You have high standards. You get frustrated with professors and colleagues that do not uphold or perform to high standards. You have difficulties completing projects, as they do not measure up to your standards. You feel like you are a failure. You are making the grades. You question your direction post college. You are faking it at college.
You are doing your own work. You are a talented individual. You have great understanding and ability to apply. You are leading in front or behind the scenes. You strive for excellence (not perfection). You are presenting with enthusiasm. You are discovering yourself, knowledge, and the world around you. You continue to move forward. YOU ARE MAKING IT AT COLLEGE!