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For those who have a BA/BS or higher, do you ever feel like you just don't deserve the degrees you've worked for? Like you really aren't that smart, it was sheer dumb luck that brought you so far.

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Aivery 7 July 25

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No, I felt prepared for whatever job found.

EdEarl Level 8 July 26, 2018

Hello: As an Anthropologist what is your knowledge of the Dogan tribe?

@Aivery They are a tribe of central Africa, they got peoples interest in that they have been drawing accurate star maps for thousands of years, they are a non confrontational society never warring. They have no written language everything is passed on by word of mouth. They seem to believe that they came from the serious star system and there drawings even include a small star in that system that science only recently identified.


Briefly, but then I remembered that I worked my ass of for that degree while most people were getting drunk and losing their car keys.


No, but I frequently question the validity when I meet people with the same level of education who are completely incompetent.


I did enjoy my studies , but I did put a lot of effort and time to really understand everything, but to me that was a lot of fun,,,,and excitement,,

Yanya Level 7 July 25, 2018

What you describe is classic impostor syndrome - []

While evidence seems to suggest it's equally prevalent in women and men, in my personal experience women tend to suffer from its consequences to a greater degree.

Jnei Level 8 July 25, 2018

Absolutely NOT


I worked my ass off to get my B.A. in Organizational Psychology, only to find myself working in retail afterward, so I found a specialty I enjoyed in the military (completely unrelated to the degree). That was interesting enough to keep me engaged for 20 years. I went back to get a B.S. in IT and found the process to be so much more dumbed down - I didn't work nearly as hard and graduated with honors. It wasn't the degree(s) alone that got me to where I am, so much as the combination of them with the experience and habits picked up along the way. I didn't pursue an advanced degree after my B. S. because wanted to better assimilate what I'd learned into practice and didn't want to be what some would consider a well-educated idiot. Kudos to those here who went beyond and made the most of it!


I would have to say no. I worked very hard for my advanced degrees. I watched a lot of people drop out because they could not do it.

could not or would not?


I got a BA in Mass Communications at 23, and switched to Human Sexuality later in life,
earning an MEd at 47, and PhD at 50. I worked like a dog for the last two degrees and for additional professional training and experience. I don’t doubt myself but sometimes people will assume a grad degree in human sexuality is a joke. That’s insulting and far from the truth.

UUNJ Level 8 July 25, 2018

Sounds like you are suffering from the flip side of the Dunning-Kruger effect...

The side that gets the most publicity is there are people so ignorant they can't recognize their ignorance.

The flip side is that people with ability tend to take it for granted that everyone is at their level of ability.


camne Level 7 July 25, 2018

Women often feel this way because we are frequently brought up among people who don't believe women are capable, intelligent and valuable. Some of us often experience success as failure, e.g. being the only one in a group whose award is presented privately and not communicated to the group.

@ProudMary I bet you were and are a big part of her blossoming.


Unfortunately a lot of people doubt themselves for no reason. I think it has something to do with after all that study you don't feel any smarter, just know a lot of unnecessary stuff that you will never use again.


It was 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!


I have an A.A.S., so i can't comment...


I earned mine immediately after high school. It was a sort of extension of high school.
It's not that I didn't study--of course I did, but I also "partied", dated, and climbed a lot of rocks in those 4 years. In the end, it was the climbing that I loved much more than the academia.


I was always a "study bum," so I believe I got some valuable insight and clarity in my course of undergraduate study (film history, communications). What I lacked for years, and am on a mission to experience now, is confidence in my ability to apply my accrued knowledge.

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