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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 you 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?

Strategies to Use

  • Your advisor is the first person to reach out to when you’re experiencing doubt. They can help answer questions you might have and connect you with other resources.

  • Try connecting with a peer mentor. Working with others that we see as similar to ourselves can help us connect the dots from where we are to where we want to be.

Resources at NCCU

  • The Division of Student Affairs strives to lead in offering comprehensive and innovative co-curricular experiences that enhance student development.

  • The Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides accommodations and support services to NCCU scholars with a learning difference, disability, or medical condition to ensure all Eagles have access to academic success.

  • The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) offers student participants academic, professional and personal guidance in one-on-one and group meetings, tutoring, economic and financial literacy development, career and cultural excursions, and leadership development through service on the SSS Leadership Council.

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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