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How you respond in stressful situations

There are many things that will help you to be successful in college: your effort, the people around you, and how you respond to challenging situations. But perhaps the most important thing to have is a belief in yourself. 


You are enrolled in college based on everything you’ve achieved thus far in your life already, which is impressive! Additionally, your college or university would not have accepted you if they did not think you could be successful.


A belief in yourself is what is called a “necessary, but not sufficient” condition for success. Just having Self-Efficacy won’t get you to your goal, but you can’t get there without it. Throughout your studies, continue to reflect on what you’ve achieved and the supportive people around you to help drive toward your next accomplishment.

I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.

How can I improve my Self-Efficacy?

Resources at Western Carolina

  • The Division of Student Success provides the resources needed to help you reach your academic potential and complete your degree that will lead to opportunities beyond WCU. Refer to the Division of Student Success for support in academic advising, career and professional development, tutoring, and mentoring.

  • The Mentoring and Persistence to Success (MAPS) connects first generation and independent students with resources to accomplish their academic and personal goals. These resources encompass skills coaching, academic guidance, exploration of majors/careers, as well as the provision of social and personal assistance.

  • The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) provides campus-wide accessibility support services such as testing accommodations, assistive technology, and OAR coaching. 

Online Resources

  • When you’re not feeling confident, try writing a letter to yourself one year in the future. You can find some interesting examples here.

  • If you’d like some quick boosts of confidence, try an app that can send daily affirmations to your phone:

  • For a more intentional and intensive approach to your self-perceptions, Coursera offers free courses on personal development.

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