The Imposter Phenomenon

The Imposter Phenomenon

During our graduate orientation, our program director told us, “You may feel like comparing yourself with each other throughout your time here, but let me assure you: compare your success with yourself and no one else. Your success depends on you and you alone.” Even though I remembered this advice, I still found myself comparing myself to others in my program. There always seemed to be the “golden boy” or “golden girl,” whose words were infallible—always prompting praise from professors. I felt I could never measure up to those people, and soon became discouraged. I thought that I didn’t deserve to be in graduate school, and it was sheer luck (or misfortune) that I was there. Sound familiar?

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Sick

Sick

I’m sick…I have the flu.  Okay, well, I don’t anymore, but a week ago I did. 
My mind automatically wonders back to a conversation I had a few weeks back with my clinical supervisor…

“You know, John, the hospital provides free flu shots for everyone who sees patients here.”
“You know, I haven’t had the flu since I was 9 years old; I think I’ll be fine.”
“You’ve never worked in a hospita."

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JJackson
Sorry to hear that you were sick over the holidays! I was too. Fortunately, I have a great job and didn't miss too much work; I ... Read More
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:58
JohnM
Thank you for your kind words. Here is the sad reality about graduate school (at least for me) - you are always behind. There is... Read More
Friday, 04 January 2013 14:24
sarabrady
Sounds like you had it bad!! I remember being sick (not as bad as you), and I still had to run an experiment. If I didn't run the ... Read More
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:49
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Feeling Like a Stranger Going Back Home to the Family?

Feeling Like a Stranger Going Back Home to the Family?

The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you’re like me you probably feel like a stranger going home for the winter break. One of the common refrain graduate students say is, “My parents still don’t know what I do.” In a research-heavy, experimental psychology program, the misconceptions of what “we do” abound. For me, my career goals currently encompass getting either an academic job teaching and doing research at a university or working in industry as a statistician. Only recently did my mother-in-law stop asking if I was going to open my own practice near our hometown in rural Nebraska. I know next to nothing about clinical or counseling psychology.

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AmandaMorin
Good advice! I've also found it helpful to think about the common misconceptions people have about what I do and when I'm asked, ... Read More
Saturday, 05 January 2013 01:19
JohnM
I totally know what you mean. I went home for the holidays, which for me is only a 20 minute drive, and as I am sitting around lo... Read More
Monday, 07 January 2013 19:06
SaraB
@AmandaMorin, I think you give some valuable advice to anyone getting a PhD. Most people do NOT get a PhD and have a lot of miscon... Read More
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:16
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ReneP's Introductory Blog

ReneP's Introductory Blog

I could not be more pleased to be writing this blog right now. For many years, PhDStudent.com was but a twinkle in my eye and a notepad full of ideas, but now it’s finally come into fruition.

My name is René P, and I have a Masters and PhD in Experimental Psychology. I work as a senior statistician for both a university and a consulting company that I founded. I received my PhD in 2004, and I’ve been working with graduate students for the past 9 years. Working with PhD students on a daily basis has taught me that it’s not unusual to feel lost at some point during your graduate school journey. Many people don’t know where to go to find the answers they need, and that’s why I’m writing this blog.

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