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REDtalk to discuss overcoming self doubt

Amy Smith, director of faculty development and associate professor of English, will present a REDtalk, “Fear and Loathing in Higher Education,” Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. on the sixth floor of Gray Library.

“We will talk about the role of fear and self-doubt in college, how common those feelings are, and some strategies for working through them,” Smith said.

College is a time of transition that is exciting as well as stressful and the end of the semester can be especially stressful, Smith said.

“Our mistakes can start to emerge and feel overwhelming and hard to face,” she said. “It’s important to remember that we all make mistakes and feel regrets, and to think of them as learning experiences.”

Smith will teach techniques to overcome the cycle of anxiety, avoidance and failure, and how to replace those negative feelings with success and confidence.

“My goal is for students to find productive ways to work through emotions about the semester, if they have negative emotions about it” she said. “And to learn some productive and healthy ways to move forward.”

A Q&A will follow the talk.For more information, visit

Story by Claire Robertson, UP contributor

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