Self-confidence — the measure of our belief in our own ability to achieve goals and succeed at challenges — is widely understood to have a significant impact on our day-to-day lives. When you feel confident as a student, you’re able to navigate college semester after semester and handle large and small challenges along the way. Keep in mind that the confidence you create as a student will be the building blocks for your professional career.
Self-esteem, or how you see yourself on the inside, has a great impact on the confidence you project into the world. Having self-esteem correlates with academic performance — students with low self-esteem often have less classroom engagement and a lower ability to focus. Both are essential to your success in the future, so it’s important to cultivate your strength now and believe in your ability to make a difference. As you prepare to apply to schools or start the upcoming school year, we encourage you to take steps to build confidence in yourself as you work to achieve your goals.
1. Take a holistic approach to self-confidence
New experiences can pull you out of your comfort zone and cause you to feel uneasy and unsure about the road ahead. When you're rooted in a comprehensive wellness routine, you’ll feel more grounded and able to manage unexpected challenges. Taking a holistic approach that focuses on nurturing your mind, body and soul can serve as the base for creating a stronger sense of self.
At ASU Online, we support our students’ growth and believe in building the best you. We provide online students access to 360 Life Services, a comprehensive support service specifically designed to help our Sun Devils navigate a range of issues no matter the distance. Our full suite of online student support services includes clinical care, personal care, legal and financial assistance, and other resources.
To empower students to achieve a healthy lifestyle throughout their program, we encourage them to focus on four foundational wellness elements: live, feel, learn and engage.
- Live. Improve and maintain your physical well-being by making healthy choices on a daily basis — from staying active and eating healthy to getting better sleep and scheduling routine health checkups.
- Feel. When you feel different emotions, it’s important to do the following:
- Accept the feeling as true.
- Tell yourself that your feelings do not determine your actions.
- Choose how to manage your feelings. It may be beneficial to go for a run, write in a journal or call a friend.
- Learn. Your mind is naturally curious. Learn something new everyday and allow yourself to see the world as being full of learning opportunities to elevate your health as well as society’s.
- Engage. Engage in conversations and experiences with diverse individuals and groups. Build connections of trust, create memories and strive to ensure everyone succeeds. ASU Online creates these opportunities by building a support system through online clubs and organizations, message boards, virtual events and inviting collaboration with peers and professors.
During your time of remote learning and virtual engagement, there is great value in prioritizing your wellbeing. When you feel better, you’ll feel more confident and have a stronger sense of your authentic self. Taking a holistic approach to cultivating your self-confidence can be your source of power in your education and career.