You’re not good enough.”
“You can’t do this.”
“You are way in over your head.”
Those were just some of the negative statements and thoughts I would say and think to myself as I walked into class. As a 26-year-old Ph.D. candidate at Howard University, my journey in academia has been both exciting and fulfilling yet at the same time, emotionally and spiritually grueling. If the pressure that comes along with being the first in my family to graduate from undergrad, to receive a Master’s degree, and pursue a doctorate was not hard enough, the constant feeling of self-doubt and chronic self-criticism of whether or not I “belonged” in higher education was a weight that was too much to bear –– despite my academic and professional accomplishments. Read more at xoNecole.