Although some of us may think getting into University will be one of the most exciting moment of our life, it can also turn out to be very intimidating if you are shy or lack self-confidence. According to researchers, people who lack confidence and self-belief are most likely to underachieve.
“A man who doubts himself is like a man who enlists in the ranks of the enemy and bears arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by being the first to be convinced of it” Alexandre Dumas
But here is the good news: confidence is a skill that can be developed!
David Lawrence Preston (2005), stated in his book that there are five elements to confidence building.
- Self-awareness – knowing yourself and acknowledging your weaknesses
- Intention – you have to make a commitment and stick to the plan
- Thinking – start by thinking positively and get rid of restrictive attitudes
- Imagination – think of yourself as a confident person, even if deep inside you are not.
- Act – Act as if you are confident already
So if you feel lack of confidence has been holding you back at University, here are some tips you can use to combat this.
It can be the easiest way to build your self-confidence. You will have the opportunity to meet other students with common interests and eventually have a social-life. It will also reassure you that you are not alone in this situation.
If you are having any difficulty with your programme you can talk to your personal tutor. He will assist you with anything that’s stopping you from performing with your full potential.
Confidence is closely related to health and well being. If you are not feeling emotionally or physically well, you can book an appointment with our health and well being manager on the fourth floor.
Our gateway team is a funny and friendly bunch always ready to help and support you manage the nitty-gritty of your daily life. Whether you are having a problem with your visa if you are an international student or with your accommodation, they will offer you guidance to solve these issues to lighten some weight from your shoulders.
If you are getting stressed or worried about your future, you can visit our career advisor. She will listen to you and guide you to apply for jobs or assign you to training in order to develop your skills.
If you are still not ready to get out of your cocoon and need help, you can drop us a message on Facebook.