Student Newsletter

May 2018 | Volume 6 Issue 3

       Robert Cain

The Imposter Syndrome
by Robert Cain

     I still remember it as if it happened yesterday: the day I received my acceptance letter to Claremont McKenna College—currently reigning as the best day of my life because it marked a new life away from home. For me, home is a place marked with sorrow, isolation, and identity loss. Moving from Little Rock, Arkansas to Claremont, California allowed me to escape the shackles of my past and forge a new future filled with inspiring connections, transformative opportunities, and uplifting success.

     In high school, I remained ambitious; this never changed—and never will change. I pursued opportunities in order to satisfy my intellectual curiosity and as a way to further my professional development. I desired to challenge myself both in and out of the classroom—a trend that I wanted to continue throughout my four years in college. Therefore, during my first semester of college, I assumed an unusual amount of responsibility, at least for a freshman. I wrote for the student newspaper, served in leadership positions on club boards, tutored students in calculus, and worked two jobs—all while taking four classes, two of which were upper level. It was a lot of work, but I managed to survive the semester, proving to myself that I deserved a spot at CMC.

     However, something still felt a bit off, not with the surroundings, but within myself. A condition, unknown to my medical history, afflicted my mind. It produced startling symptoms, some that ran unnoticeable; others persisted and stifled my academic growth. I began to question my every judgment, comment, and thought. Was I good enough? Do my opinions matter? These kids are way smarter than I will ever be. These thoughts infiltrated my head, leading me to speak less frequently during class discussions, fear oral presentations, and second-guess my decisions. Looking back, I still can’t quite fathom how imposter syndrome can create inklings of doubt within the psyche of even the most qualified individuals. Moreover, people constantly praised my work ethic and foreshadowed my success. Regardless, these reassuring words were not enough to curb my insecurity.

     Among the many initiatives I decided to undertake as a freshman, one was enrolling in Honors Seminar Calculus 3 course. Throughout the semester, I struggled with every single concept, which was unusual because math came easily to me in high school. This obstacle caused me to doubt my ability to pursue a degree in mathematics. However, one day, I had a breakthrough.

     Professor Aksoy, my Calculus 3 instructor, was introducing the topic of double integrals. For the first time in the course, I understood something immediately. Later during the lecture, as she worked a few practice problems, I noticed a mistake which made me pay closer attention. Never before did I have the courage to raise an objection to her process, but this time I was certain about my point. I went for it. Confidently raising my hand I asked, “Shouldn’t the bounds on the integral be reversed?” Aksoy happily approved and expressed appreciation for my observation.

     Although only set in a small eighteen-student classroom, my question enhanced everyone’s learning experience. On this day, I learned the value of using my voice. Each individual possesses a unique experience and background; it’s our responsibility to share it with the world.

     After this event, I am no longer affected by imposter syndrome. My self-confidence rose significantly. My fears of embarrassment, rejection, and criticism calmly dissipated. For me, Claremont McKenna became a place of growth, adventure, and passion. Home no longer leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, because CMC was now me.

Robert Cain attends Claremont McKenna College, aspiring social media influencer with a dual major in Media Studies and Applied Math with a sequence in Computer Science.

Colleges still Accepting Applications for Fall 2018

by CollegeSimply

To be clear the following Universities are still accepting applications, but financial aid is limited as well as space. So if you have waited this long you better have a very compelling reason.

University of Arizona May 1, 2018
University of the District of Columbia June 15, 2018

For full listing

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is hosting RISE 2018
(Residential Intensive Summer Education) Program for Rising Seniors!
Available for all underrepresented high school juniors, entering senior year by Fall 2018.
RISE Application


Things you should be doing right now:

Incoming College Freshman:
  • Submit Student Intent to Register (SIR)
  • Go to Admitted Student on campus events
  • Get financial aid help to fully understand your financial package i.e. when and how you will get disbursements.
  • Meet campus housing deadlines
  • Submit Financial Aid documents
  • BE SAFE - Learn Emergency Procedures and know who your campus advocates are
  • Breathe and take it all in. You made it!
General College Students:
  • Finish your semester/quarter strong
  • Read, Read, Read but don't isolate yourself
  • Register for Study Abroad programs
  • Call us for a grad check to ensure you have all classes necessary for graduation and you are on track
  • Beat the rush for classes and register as early as possible
  • Get involved with a research project/internship
  • Check in with WHD every term
  • Ensure your housing for next year
Senior College Students:
  • Register for GRE/CBEST/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT Test
  • Research Grad Programs and plan to apply to at least 3, 1 reach, 1 sure, and 1 just in case
  • Find an internship in your field of study
  • Ask 3 favorite professors for a Letter of Recommendation for grad schools, internships, and jobs.
  • Get into an internship/research project now
  • - Unemployment for Black graduates are typically twice as high as unemployment for white graduates. See article
High School Sophomores:
  • Be a positive influence on campus, clubs and home
  • Create a balanced schedule with the right amount of AP/Honors/IB courses that you are confident you will get a B or better; challenge yourself
  • Apply for free summer programs
  • Take the SAT and ACT
  • Use social media wisely; remember colleges are looking
  • Register for College on-site overnighters
High School Juniors:
  • Apply now for the UC Davis Tour 2018
  • Prepare your College Application packet
  • Apply now for Summer Bridge Programs i.e. RISE
  • Attend Black Unity Day UC Riverside Friday, May 4th
  • Find ways to demonstrate persistence, thoughtfulness, creativity, civic engagement or your special gift.
  • Join ASB
  • Go to NACAC College Fairs i.e. April 24th Ontario - April 26th Pasadena
High School Seniors:
  • Attend prospective colleges welcome events
  • Watch your finances, don't go overboard on spending for prom and grad events
  • Register for free summer bridge programs
  • Retake SAT/ACT tests for optimal score
  • Finish your senior year strong!
  • Apply for a summer job, go to a college job and career fair
  • Apply for Internships and champion a cause that you care about
  • Didn't get the school of your choice, and don't have a plan B,
    call (951) 415-9756 and speak to an advocate so we can help



Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What you need to file...

1. Social Security number, or if not a U.S. citizen, alien registration number or permanent residence card

2. Your driver’s license number

3. Your parents’ and your tax return(s) from two years before the academic year to which you are applying for financial aid. (e.g. students who apply for the 2017-2018 academic year will base their FAFSA on 2015 Federal Income tax returns.)

4. Your parents’ and your most recent bank statements

5. Your parents’ most recent business, mortgage and investment records


Scholarships 2018!

Federal Pell Grant:
Eligibility:  Undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's or professional degree. Some students who are enrolled in a post baccalaureate teacher certification program also qualify.
Award:  For 2017–18 award year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,920. The amount you get, depends on your personal circumstances.
Deadline: June 30, 2018

              More details

Distinguished Young Women is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls. Last year, we made more than $1.5 billion in cash tuition and college-granted scholarships available nationally.

              More details

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are the primary means by which EAF carries out its mission. The Foundation awards Merit, Financial Need and Youth Partners Accessing Capital (Y.P.A.C.) scholarships.
Each scholarship has its own requirements.

               More details

Blades of Green has created a merit-based scholarship fund for individuals seeking undergraduate or graduate level education in environmental studies or related fields. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic excellence, pursuit of further study in environmental education at an accredited college or university, and passion for further study.

Deadline: 3/15/19
Available to:College and Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

                             More details



From my Tea Box.

Life is a journey, not a destination. You have a wealth of wisdom living in your cells, body, and mind that are ready to help you unwind and remember inner calm.

We are in the final stretch of the year. Take 20 minutes and turn off your phone, unplug everything, and breathe. If you have time take a nap, stop telling yourself you are tired, and chill. Find your smile and focus on something beautiful.

Depression starts with low self-esteem. Ask yourself what can I do today that I will benefit from in 5 years.


Common Application Also Launches New App for Transfer Students
Learn More

University of California, Davis
College Tour 2017

2018 Summer College Tours


CBest Dates:
 Dates and Times vary Depending on area
Go to: CBest Test Dates

 Dates and Times vary Depending on area
Go to: GRE Test Dates

SAT Dates:
 Registration Deadline: May 3rd
Test Date: June 2nd
Go to: for
FREE SAT and AP Practice tests and tutorials!

ACT Dates:
Registration Deadline: May 4th
Test Date: June 10
Go to: for
FREE ACT Online Practice Tests

Check with College Counselor to confirm
Test Dates and Times

Featured University:

Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Claremont McKenna College
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8088
Fax: (909) 621-8516

   Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective applied liberal arts college guided by its mission to prepare students for thoughtful and responsible leadership in the private, public and social sectors. A member of the highly regarded Claremont Colleges consortium, CMC brings together a collaborative and cohesive community of broadly diverse students with a distinguished faculty recognized for their excellence in teaching and scholarship.
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     Claremont McKenna College is ranked #8 in National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News 2018. When visiting the campus it has an eclectic vibe. I loved the glass building in the middle. Students were friendly and welcoming. In the Claremont Colleges’ consortium you get best of all worlds. You have the ability to takek advandage of the diverse campus offerings.

Key Facts

  • Total undergraduate enrollment of 1,347
  • Tuition and fees are $52,825 (2017-18)
  • 8 -1 Student-Facility Ratio
  • Average Class Size: 18 Students
  • 46% Financial need met (average)
If you are interested in finding out more in-depth information, contact WHD or go to the source:

Rising high school juniors and seniors may obtain an application through their high school principals, guidance counselors and social studies teachers OR they may inquire directly to their state selection contacts using this website (click here). All student delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program are selected by state-level education officials.

The 57th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 2 – 9, 2019.

They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school and living in the state they will represent for the entire 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Per Diem Physical Therapist II

Moreno Valley, CA
Per-Diem - $54.95 hourly
Riverside University Health System is currently recruiting for a  Per Diem Physical Therapist II to join their team of professionals in the city of  Moreno Valley.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment please contact
Elsa Williamson at 951-955-3771 or via email:
William H. Douglas Foundation| P.O. Box 78232 | Corona, CA 92881 | Tel: 951.415.9756 |
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