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Illuminate x Durham Case Study Conference

Updated: Apr 18, 2021

Hi everyone! My name is Naveena and I am a Grade 10 student at Lester B. Pearson CI. Today, I had the pleasure to attend Illuminate x Durham’s regional conference. Here are my thoughts highlighting what I learned about.


1. Imposter syndrome: When you feel like you are not good enough. I learnt that a lot if not the majority of successful persons actually have imposter syndrome. Personally, I thought that the most successful of people are the most self confident, but it now come to my attention that, that is not the case.

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2. Schools original purpose: Mandatory school was actually just a way to occupy children and keep them out of trouble because they were stripped of the thought that teenagers were responsible and can uphold the responsibilities given. All this while I though that school was always for the purpose of furthering your education so you can become a better person for your self. The things that I learnt today are things that I have never heard in school before.


3. The teenage stereotype: Implying that teenagers are incapable of holding responsibilities and are a burden on economy is practically normalized. I would have never thought that kids were given “adult” responsibilities long ago.

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Today’s conference was not only a learning opportunity but it was also an eye opener. In this conference I really enjoyed Mackenzie Clark’s workshop. I loved the idea of sharing our knowledge on another person’s topic and learning more about it. I liked hearing everyone’s voices and what they had to say about each topic.


I will apply my learning from today’s conference by picking up more responsibilities in clubs, extracurriculars, volunteer work, at home etc, because I can do it. I will also look at imposter syndrome as an encouragement to do better, in whatever task that I am doing.