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Thread: Imposter Syndrome and Stress

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29-Nov-17, 18:29
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Quote From pm133:
I would also add that "second year syndrome" is a real thing.
My second year was awful. I put so much into the first year to get the upgrade that I hit the wall in year two. Took a wee while to get over that.


Sorry to hear, I hope you managed to pull through it. That is how I feel. I guess it is comforting in a way (of course I feel for the fact you went through that), that we share experiences.

Thread: Imposter Syndrome and Stress

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29-Nov-17, 17:03
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Oh I see. Do they have any 'shut up and write' sessions near where you live? Perhaps in a local library? A lot of people find them helpful. The pomodoro technique is also a useful writing tool (when you need that extra burst of productivity) though it wont be everyone's cup of tea: https://lifehacker.com/productivity-101-a-primer-to-the-pomodoro-technique-1598992730


That's a great idea I will have a look the local library is quiet and I will definitely use it and see if they have shut up and write sessions, I do self imposed sessions also ☺️ thanks for you reply and I'll certainly check out that technique

Thread: Imposter Syndrome and Stress

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29-Nov-17, 12:52
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Of course, my concern is more about having a suitable work environment. I do get work done, but I am often interrupted at home, with little space to hide away and concentrate. I don't want to sound like a moaner, but I am much more productive at the library, I can get work done at home, and I do, but it also adds to the isolation.

Thread: Imposter Syndrome and Stress

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28-Nov-17, 08:45
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I am new to this forum and I apologise for doubling up on threads.

I have been struggling a lot lately. I have passed my upgrade with flying colours, and have started my second year. However, I feel like I am underperforming. I have no idea what I am doing drafting my first chapter, and with my next supervision coming up imposter Syndrome is kicking in. I know my topic is good, I wouldn't have won a scholarship otherwise. But with little money for getting to the library etc I feel I am not getting enough done.

I am a history PhD and if anyone knows a good PhD study guide for history PhDs with advice on chapter drafting/structure that would be helpful. So stressed.

Help!

Thread: Cannot afford PhD

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04-Apr-17, 12:26
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I am in my first year of a fully-funded PhD. Despite having won a scholarship, I am struggling to pay rent and keep up with the bills living in London. My partner and I moved back to the UK from Berlin, this was a choice we both made (perhaps it was a little naive considering the current political climate) - my partner is European. She has yet to secure a job also. Anyway I have always wanted to do my PhD, and the funding was such a blessing. I am currently looking for work to bump up my monthly income - I have an interview to work as a tutor with the Brilliant Club - but I cannot even afford the train ticket to attend the interview.

I have been thinking a great deal about what I want from life, what I want for me an my partner. More than me she is destined to be an academic, I could be happy doing something else I am sure. So to conclude my professional and existential crisis - I am thinking about leaving my studies to get a job that pays what we need to have a less stressful future, and a family etc, and be able to survive more comfortably. But I cannot make the decision so easily. I worked so hard to get to where I am. I worked three jobs whilst I did my MA part-time so I could pay the tuition fees, I really didn't want to have to do the same for my PhD.

Of course, the other concern is my mental health which has begun deteriorating once again. I know this is a problem throughout academia. It limits my focus and motivation, and find I struggle to produce good work as a result. I know a lot of people suffer the same. I think it is important we show that no-one is alone in this respect. My though are with anyone who feels the same pressures.

Anyway I cannot decide what to do. Any advice?

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