I’m almost done my first year of graduate school, however, I’ve been battling new feelings of impostor syndrome. The lurking thoughts of am I good enough, am I doing this right? Will this all make sense when I’ve completed my program?

Did you know that impostor syndrome hits women and visible minorities harder? Webster’s dictionary defines the term impostor syndrome as “a false and sometimes crippling belief that one’s successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill”. Studies have proven that the feeling of impostor syndrome is normal while completing a postgraduate program, especially after taking some time off of school. In this new blog post, I’ve compiled a list of tips on ways to combat imposter syndrome when it arises read below.

Consider the following:

  1. Reassure Yourself Remember you are not alone and a lot of people share these same feelings.
  2. Visualize Your Success It’s hard to believe you will get to where you need to get to when you have these feelings of doubt. But it’s important to be your own cheerleader and visualize your end goal.
  3. Talk About It- Talk to a friend or colleague who may have chosen the same path (whether it be work or education related) and understand how they felt and what tools they used to surpass this moment.
  4. Be Confident- Believe in yourself and the process wholeheartedly in both the good and the bad.
  5. Create A Gratitude Journal- Write daily, weekly, or monthly. Make note of how far you have come and express gratitude. Writing about this process will allow you to reflect and embrace this chapter.

Ultimately, it all comes down to a perfect work-life balance. Although, I’m still in the midst of developing a strategy that works best for me. I try my best to foster daily habits of being in the moment and enjoying the little things.

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