This is my story about the pressures of growing up as a first-gen Latina from a low-income background who was often told my only option was to be exceptional. Putting my all into everything was the only way to be successful; to be the social ladder for my family. Because of this pressure to always be perfect there were many times when I failed to meet false expectations which led to disappointment, dismay, and feelings of imposter syndrome. My successes and failures are valuable, valid, and equal parts of where I am today; with love, support, and lots of tears I was able to persist. I hope my story liberates others from these pressures of excellence and allows more folks from similar backgrounds to embrace failure and live their truth.
Nava, M. S. (2022). Exceptionally Flawed: A story about expectations and truth. The Vermont Connection, 43(1). https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/tvc/vol43/iss1/7