The weblog of a traveller

   Jun 08

Brave new world

Just a brief shriek of joy to tell the world that the travel of life has come to a new chapter, as the Marmot defended its thesis yesterday and was awarded Master of Molecular Biosciences.

This fact was duly celebrated with an excess of bubbly liquids, grandiloquent foods (we lost count of the number of different dishes), with all my best friends present it became a night I will not forget if I live a hundred years.

My thesis is available here. After a short and spectacular break I will move on to teacherhood through the magnificent trainee program Teach First.

When I was reading Psychology I learned about the Imposter syndrome, a tendency seen in many high-achievers to feel that they are not worthy of their achievements and may be busted as an imposter any time.  At this point I am very thankful to know that this is normal and common because I am feeling it rather strongly.


So this is what it feels like to not have a single worry in this world. I will gladly admit that these two years have been taxing, perhaps more than anything due to the percieved responsibility to spend every waking moment in the lab. With it all so suddenly off of my shoulders, I see a brave new world out there. Having reached my so far ultimate goals, it is time to find new, ambitious goals. If there is one insight to gain from all of this, it must be that setting high goals, ones that you do not even know for sure if you can reach, really is the way to get somewhere.

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One Comment

  1. Danae says:

    Hey Aggy,

    Congrats again on your achievement!!! I really wish I could have been there to celebrate with you!

    I love what you said about setting goals. I believe in doing that too. I’ve also definitely gone through bouts of Imposter Syndrome as well. You’ve worked so hard at this, I know you deserve it! I mean your strong work ethic even led us to the lab at midnight on a holiday! If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is =)