My name is Sephy Hallow, and as of December 2013, I became the first ever Deputy Leader of PPUK. As a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in Literature from York, I'm one of the youngest people to be in a position of political leadership in the country, and at times, I ask myself why I've been afforded this opportunity. What makes my voice any different from the sound bites of our mainstream politicians? What do I have to say that is any more valid, any better? And why do I deserve to be given a podium to speak from?
Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you don't belong; that somehow, your merits or achievements, no matter how great, were earned despite a lack of competencies. I was not uncontested for the role as Deputy Leader, and the forums attest to how hard I fought to win the title – and yet part of me wonders how much I deserve to be here.