The Expat Impostor

It’s normal to experience doubt.  It’s normal to think to yourself, “I can’t do this.”  That’s called being a human.  But withholding everyday activities out of fear of failure, not allowing yourself simple joys because you don’t think you’re “good enough” is not normal.  There’s a phenomenon often found in academia where people are flooded with thoughts of inadequacy and are left questioning their competency. Moving overseas can tend to exacerbate these feelings. I learned that the hard way.

Are you a tourist?

“He’s a tourist.  He vacations in people’s lives, takes pictures, puts them in his scrapbook, and moves on.  All he’s interested in are stories.” -Ron Swanson, Parks & Rec. No Roots I often catch myself counting down until we move onto our next location/postdoc/fellowship/tenure whatever it may be.  I assume this is something that happensContinue reading “Are you a tourist?”

Stressful Schedules in Grad School

I haven’t seen my husband in a month.  He’s been around here and there, but for the most part, we are like separate entities, ships in the night, waving at each other from afar. “Hello!” “Ahoy!” I can practically hear the echo. Separate Timelines Let me give you the rundown of a grad student’s schedule:Continue reading “Stressful Schedules in Grad School”