The end is in sight. You can see the finish line where you finally achieve your dream of graduation and are out of school forever to start a career of your own.
“Not so fast!” you tell yourself as you experience the uncertainty and ambivalence of being independent and on your own. “But I’m not ready, there is so much I still don’t know!”
The phrase “imposter syndrome” was coined by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978  to describe the feeling that you are not the professional who everyone thinks you are, or worse yet, someone will out you as a fraud. Clance and Imes’ research focused on women in professional life, but the phenomenon is often applied to any new professional facing self-doubt.