#DoIBelongHere: Dealing With Imposter Syndrome in Higher Ed

Hello Readers,

It has definitely been a culture shock these past few months being in a different city, and larger university as well as moving into the role of graduate student, supervisor and advisor.

For years, I have often struggled with feeling like an imposter or feeling like I am not good enough. Although people tell me I have done remarkable things such as being the first in my family to graduate from college and continue my education by pursuing a masters degree, there are still times when I cannot help but feel like I don’t belong.

As a person that represents many minority groups as a black, first-generation, LGBTQ+ student that also has an invisible disability, I often find myself in the middle of everything which has its advantages and disadvantages.

Because of these multiple identities, I am able to relate to a variety of people which is very helpful in the realm of student affairs, however, there are often times when I don’t feel like I belong to any of my identity groups because I am that one individual that represents so many of them at once not giving one more meaning than the other because all of them are part of who I am. When I am spending time with any particular group, I often feel like I don’t belong or that I am an imposter.

It can definitely be a challenge when I just feel like I don’t belong at all, but I have to remind myself that everything that I am dealing with is just part of being me. I was admitted into graduate school because the faculty believed in me and believe I have what it takes to be a student affairs professional. WKU hired me because they knew I would be one of the best for the job and that these identities, although rather frustrating at times, they make me, me and I need to embrace these identities to truly be the best me I can be.

Thanks for reading.

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3 thoughts on “#DoIBelongHere: Dealing With Imposter Syndrome in Higher Ed

  1. Hi Mike,

    I loved the blog. When I left Missouri to go to DC, I felt a sense of belonging. I did not feel the same sense of belonging in Missouri. When I graduated from college, I moved to Texas. I had that same sense of not belonging that I had in Missouri.

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  2. That’s horrible that you went somewhere that you felt like you didn’t belong. I kind of feel that way about my undergrad now. At first when I was a freshman, I felt like it was where I needed to be but as I got older and let my identities become part of me, I felt more and more like I wasn’t in the right place. I’m glad I didn’t set myself up for failure by staying there cause I now know that I would have been unhappy.

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    • I understand completely. I grew up in Lincoln ne but never really felt at home like I did after I moved to Omaha. Omaha just works for me.

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