Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development and Family Science


Many first-generation college students may not feel a sense of belonging in a four-year university, potentially developing Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is described as students doubting their abilities and thinking that success is impossible for them. When first-generation college students experience imposter syndrome, they may begin to question their own skills and experience as well as dissatisfaction in their lives while in college (Holden, Wright, Herring, Sims, 2021) As a result, first-generation college students experience a higher level of stress and anxiety and may be at risk of dropping out (Holden, Wright, Herring, Sims, 2021. When first-generation college students recognize the signs of imposter syndrome, they are able to see the university as an accepting environment and learn how to develop a sense of belonging. In order to address this issue, I created a presentation for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Cal State Monterey Bay.

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