By Vinnosh Kumur, VP Welfare
Coming into University is like your first day of school. You’re nervous, sweaty palms, excited about your new adventure. Once the bags are unpacked and the welcome packs have been explored, it’s time to get out there. Whether you want to make new friends, give presentations or get a role in a play, confidence plays a key role in your performance. Confidence also helps you give a better response in any situation you are thrown into. Here are my tips for you to build your confidence and prepare you for student life!
1. Take a Deep Breath
Basic, right? Yet, taking a full deep breath gives you a moment to catch yourself. Very often, when nerves settle in, you may feel as though the world is crashing down. Take a deep breath and have a sip of water. It is okay if something that you do does not have the expected outcome you desired. It is not the end of the world. You will be okay.
2. Adapt Your Own Power Pose
I know, it sounds silly. But sometimes, you must channel your inner Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada. This doesn’t mean you have to be a cold person. It simply means having body language that shows you mean business. Studies have shown that 55% of people pay attention to your body language when you talk. So, you better start working on that runway pose in front of the mirror!
3. Be Proud of Who You Are
You are the most interesting person anyone will ever meet. Not one student will have the same life experience as you. Your strength from sharing your individual experience will help you and others whether you know it or not. Our past, present and future teach us valuable life lessons. Be prepared for the amazing things you will experience on the journey of life from here on out.
4. No One Knows Everything
You may meet the Chancellor, a Head of a Department or a student with many achievements attached to their name. But behind those titles are everyday people. Always remember that they also had to work hard and smart to get to where they are. One day, that could be you. Your opinions are valid and full of value for people to learn from.
5. Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin
It is important to have reaffirmations when you want to express who you are. You are a smart and amazing individual in your own right. Take up as much space as you need. It is yours. Tell yourself that you are very important. That is the point when people will turn their heads and pay attention. As our very own Bertrand Russell once said:
“Do not fear to be eccentric of opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”