Intern Blog

Coping with Imposter Syndrome

Jun 28, 2021

In the Computer Science realm, there is a disease that plagues millions of students every year, even bringing some to leave the major. This virus is of course that of Imposter Syndrome, coping with and learning to overcome this seemingly insurmountable mental block has been one of the most arduous aspects of my education and progression in the world of CS that I have faced. Upon receiving the offer to start my internship with Cohen & Company, this topic began to take over my thoughts as a true sense of anxiety washed over my mind.

As my first day came and went, I had learned a great many things from a great many people, yet nothing was as valuable as the connections that I began to build with my team. These connections through even the briefest of conversations gave me a sense of reassurance to the extent that I had realized, this was not an accident, and I was supposed to be in this position .

Working in the Infrastructure team and being able to learn a myriad of new concepts and adopt new ways of thinking has truly made me feel at home at Cohen. Working and interactingwith my learning buddy has been one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had as he was in my shoes not long ago . Being a college student comes with quite a large mental load , but it is the people that you surround yourself with that help you carry that weight, the goal is not to look for help in how to lift the load so much as find help in discovering a new way of managing it.

Going forward this will become my main goal, as being able to maintain a high level of mental fortitude is one of the characteristics that I would look for in a good leader and colleague therefore; that is what I will look for in myself as a person, the ability to always be an asset in any situation. Through my continued learning at Cohen & Company with the advisory of my valued colleagues, this goal is sure to be achieved.