Every time I write something on my schedule, have a discussion, or participate any type of written or verbal exchange including the words "my dissertation," my brain screams: "imposter!"
And I have to stop and think. Really? Is this me? Am I really, for real, at this point in my studies? Other doc students I know throw around words like "dissertation" as part of their daily vocabulary. And they sound so... grown up, or something. Ready for that stage. All scholarly and researchy and just... DISSERTATIONLY. They are at That Stage.
It's hard to accept that yes, really. I am now One Of Those People. I am at That Stage too. I've been at this for over 2 years now. Next year at this time, I may be preparing to graduate.
It's weird. (And awesome.)