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Impostor Syndrome

Let’s talk about impostor syndrome. In my academic career, I have battled feelings of failure, even though the opposite has proven true. My grades in my graduate program have always been stellar, I have had several articles under review at academic journals. I have been recently been accepted into my top choice University to continue my graduate education, and will be working under an adviser who is the perfect fit for me. I’ll even be assistant teaching their class on vampires! I am one step closer to being a PhD. This University is consistently ranked one of the top Universities in the world. Not bad, considering that I am coming from a “third tier” institution.

Even though I have every reason to be over the moon, a small voice at the back of my head (it’s like my personal Wormtongue) persists. Although I hope to banish Gríma back to the darkness from which he came, it seems like I am not alone: many women feel like frauds at their jobs because they are so good at their jobs.

I am going to try to damndest to not let impostor syndrome get me down any longer. I earned this. My hard work is the reason why I have been allowed these opportunities, not some fluke or luck.

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Of course, impostor syndrome is not limited to academia. Does anyone else here on Backtalk suffer from impostor syndrome? How do you get through it?

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