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  • Writer's pictureYvone Yang

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before University

1. Everyone else feels like an imposter sometimes too

In times when I am feeling underqualified, overwhelmed, and inadequate, it helps to remember that everyone else experiences imposter syndrome too. You have gotten to where you are now not because you were lucky, but because at least one person saw your value and abilities.

2. It is okay to work at your own pace

I was quick to compare myself to those who seem to have accomplished a lot at a young age (e.g. My best friend is the same age as me and will graduate med school before I get my bachelor’s degree). But it's important not to use time to measure your own personal success. Everyone is on a different journey and at the end of the day, there is not much to gain from rushing through your life. Your accomplishments are valid even if they come later than everyone else’s.

3. There are interesting career paths you had no idea existed

Coming out of high school, I was very closed-minded about others’ career paths since all my life, I thought I would be an architect. Through workshops, co-op experiences and being involved in school clubs, I was introduced to the worlds of data science, product management, consulting, finance, medicine, software development, and many more. By being open to learn more, you might discover another career path that you are passionate about and where you may excel.

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