|Lisa Ling, Closing speaker at ACPA & Role Model|
|From Ann Mehl Blog|
The presentation was not only a heads up to us personally but also as student affairs professionals. We are leaders who help students understand the possibilities and wonders that lie ahead. When we see students that are tremendously smart and talented yet have no confidence or assurance in themselves, we need to be able to help them see clearly and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence.
Personally, the presentation really opened my eyes to some of my past behaviors but also how to change future behaviors. During my entire master's program, I have tried to jump outside my comfort zone and take on challenges that I may not be 100% comfortable with. I volunteered to teach and (somewhat) lead a student organization; I took an internship in another state and specialty and did extra internships to gain more knowledge and experience. I wouldn't have changed anything about the last two years because it led me to where I am today which is planning to move in one month to another state that I have spent barely 24 hours in. It is, again, overwhelming.
Other articles & resources on the Imposter Phenomenon:
-The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
-Impostor Phenomenon and Graduate Students
-Succession Planning and the Imposter Phenomenon in Higher Education
*Although I mention women in the above posting, this does affect males and females alike, men typically in smaller occurrences.