We Are Not Impostors

Returning to a popular (and important!) theme I wanted to share this article by Stephen J. Aguilar (doctoral candidate in education and psychology at the University of Michigan) on the Imposter Syndrome.  Stephen highlights that:

  • It’s O.K. to be slow and clumsy at first
  • Anxiety comes with the territory
  • We are Novice Experts

Some tips to avoid feeling like an imposter include:

  • Build multiple relationships within your community
  • Avoid idolizing your mentors and advisers
  • Go to conferences — both your field’s flagship conference and a few niche ones
  • Celebrate your accomplishments, but avoid the dreaded humble brag
  • Don’t fear peer review — embrace it

Read the full article to find out more…..


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