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On Grad School & Mental Health

I went through major anxiety when I was in grad school, and that was a *lifetime* ago in the higher ed landscape. Before the recession. The women and men I coach are all battling this to one degree or another. While I can recommend tips and strategies, I just want you to know that you are not alone and I have been there.

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Mastering the Workplace: Impostor Syndrome

Mastering the workplace: An ongoing series in which we talk about work skills so you can rock your job. I was in a meeting today in which I had to introduce and define impostor syndrome to some (ahem, male) colleagues, explaining how important it was and that this is a real thing. I’ll save you a google – impostor syndrome is SUPER common throughout academia, and is when high achieving individuals – often women – believe that they are impostors, waiting to be found out and walked out of the workplace. They “struggle to internalize their success…[describing] feelings of fraudulence because they do not attribute their success to their own abilities despite many achievements and accolades. Imposters see themselves as unworthy of the level of praise they are receiving because they do not believe they have earned such recognition based on their capabilities, causing heightened levels of anxiety and stress.” (Anna Parkman, “The Imposter Phenomenon in Higher Education: Incidence and Impact,” Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 2016, p.52).

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