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"Rationally, I know I wouldn't have gotten where I am today without lots of hard work. Still, I can't shake those lingering feelings of ‘What am I doing here?' or ‘How in the world did I get here?' that I experienced so strongly in my first year of graduate school."

Mary Guerrant,
second-year doctoral student,
North Carolina State University

"Any time I have to turn in a major assignment I feel the imposter syndrome creep up on me. I worry a lot when I turn in papers [that] I'm going to be booted out of the program because I am not who they thought I was."

Aasha Foster,
second-year doctoral student,
Teachers College, Columbia University

"The impostor syndrome influences me to invest excessive hours into understanding material. While I may indeed have a firm grasp on the necessary information, I often feel as though what I know is never enough."

Frederick Hives,
fourth-year doctoral student,
John F. Kennedy University

"I think there's a need for more information and sensitivity to this issue. If you were to ask the other students in my cohort if they ever felt they didn't belong there or it was some kind of a scam, I think most would say yes. [But] I didn't always feel comfortable sharing that level of uncertainty or self-doubt. It was embarrassing."

William Somerville,
third-year doctoral student,
The New School

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