This post is somewhat a continuation of “A Lesson in Authenticity,” in which I forced myself to purchase an iPad Pro 10.5 so I could conform to the stereotype of the “good student.” Most of the inspiration for my iPad purchase came from… watching YouTube videos.
There has been a social media trend going around where collegiates (usually women) post videos, Tumblr posts, Instagram photos, etc. about their study habits. You may recognize the term studyblr (study + Tumblr). Most of these individuals are using social media to keep themselves accountable, which I think is great! What isn’t so great is the incredible imposter syndrome that it induces in me. It reminds me of a time when I cleaved to others’ expectations way too much. It reminds me of a time when peer pressure caused me to conform to the “generally accepted” way of doing things instead of what worked best for me.