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Pardon Me, by Incubus

“So pardon me while I burst into flames” – Incubus

At the height of an anxiety attack, these words often come into my head. Knowing someone else has been there – at the point where the tension has built to uncontainable levels – comforts me. It also makes me laugh at the ridiculous idea of actually igniting while I’m at work, or at the grocery store… Furthermore, what a polite way to say “I’m losing it!!!”  🙂

I am an imposter.

Maybe you graduated college. Maybe you even did well in college – really well. And then you started a career. And maybe you’ve been really successful in that career. Yet all the while you can’t help but think: “I am an imposter.” Have you ever thought –

They’ll get me on the next test.

I made it past the interview, but they’ll figure me out eventually.

Because of these feelings, you continue to push yourself, working extra hard to make sure you’re not “found out”.

This describes the “Imposter Syndrome”, a condition many people deal with on a daily basis. Read all about it: Diversity in Science Carnival: IMPOSTER SYNDROME EDITION! (and pay attention to the pictures – they’re great!)

I still think my university is going to contact me someday and revoke my degree…