I would say you have higher prospects than you think! King's is a reputable University and to get in for undergraduate is not easy, regardless of the field so applaud yourself for that! Also, I went to an A&O event yesterday and an associate and a current trainee there said that they found the GDL more difficult than they thought it would be so ALSO applaud yourself for getting high merit - I haven't done it but I'm doing the LPC now and find it difficult and most people say the GDL is harder - I can't imagine! The voice inside you telling you that you're an imposter or someone is going to find you out is a liar because YOU put in that work to get yourself where you are. Your academics are strengths where your work experience lacks. You can always do forage experiences, they're free and will give you somewhat of an experience to start off with for now. Your experiences don't have to be higher and mighty (legal or non-legal) - every experience counts, it's mostly how you present the transferable skills. Maybe @Jessica Booker
can chip in here too.
I can relate to putting off applications because of fear, I let that control me during my undergraduate because I saw my international background as a disadvantage (that I will most definitely be rejected because how can I possibly succeed more than someone from here who's also applying). Also, the fear was kind of crippling, I remember when I first submitted an open-day application, just submitting it, I told my friend - omg, I didn't die. This cycle is my first proper cycle after all those years and I look back on that with compassion. My body perceived fear that it wanted to protect me from - I'm grateful to my body but I also acknowledge that that fear wasn't necessary - I wasn't in danger, I remind myself that rejection won't kill me and if anything, whatever the rejection is, is not for me. What is for you will come to you, remember that. All you can do is push forward.
For your imposter syndrome
- Talk about it more with people
- List out all your achievements and think about how much effort you had to put into studying to get that grade, what sacrifices you had to make
For you fear
- Positive thinking and affirmations - you deserve what you seek
- Remember that regret will hurt more than fear ever will
- Be patient with yourself
Finally, honestly, do it scared too, that's my biggest one.
You got this!