Inside Views, Impostor Syndrome, and the Great LARP

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From the perspective of someone who feels like an impostor, the main takeaway of this model is: view yourself as learning. Your main job is to learn. That doesn’t necessarily mean studying in a classroom or from textbooks; often it means just performing the day-to-day work of your field, but paying attention to what does and doesn’t work, and digging into the details to understand what’s going on when something unusual happens. If e.g. an experiment fails mysteriously, don’t just shrug and try something else, get a firehose of information, ask lots of questions, and debug until you know exactly what went wrong. Notice the patterns, keep an eye out for barriers which you keep running into.

Ryan Watkins, Ph.D.
▲ Professor, George Washington University (resume, books, articles, etc.) (hub for using LLMs in research)
SciencePods (create a podcast about your research) (coding projects by discipline) (an online video science fair) (weekly meet up for connecting with others who code) (all things needs assessment)

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Ryan Watkins