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Competition instead of Collaboration

Quote From Bah:
I am a first-year doctoral student and very excited to be in the program. We are a cadre of eight students, and the logic has been to foster an environment of collaboration among cadre mates to achieve deeper learning. I am frustrated to death by how some of the people in this group try to marginalize me and give me a sense of inferiority and being unimportant. I don't know whether it is because I belong to a minority group, or if it comes out of jealousy. Whatever it is, they make me feel awful every time I have an interaction with them to the extent that I become unable to study for several days as a result of this bad feeling. Any suggestions as to what I should do to help me?
Thank you in advance

I am not sure if you will come back to check further responses in this thread, but I will say it's a shame to hear things do not seem to be going well for you. I am an MA rather than a PhD student, so don't have any tips on how to navigate these kinds of situations when the dynamics play out as they have. Additionally, I find it interesting but unsurprising that you've received an almost complete lack of sympathy from those who have responded to your dilemma. I'm sorry I don't have any advice for you, but I hope you find a solution.