Self-Efficacy

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.
Beyoncé

How can I improve my Self-Efficacy?

Resources at Creighton

  • An Academic Coach can help you manage your time, study smarter, plan for exams, minimize test anxiety, identify the ways you learn best, and get connected to other resources on campus. Even if you aren’t struggling, Academic Coaching is one of the best ways to personalize your education and stay on track from start to finish. Just like athletes need coaches to reach the next level, students become smarter, stronger, and more successful with coaching.

  • If you have any obstacles or questions about your success at Creighton, the Office of Student Retention offers students assistance in navigating their way at Creighton through support, resources and advising. The Office of Student Retention coordinates with campus academic and emotional support resources to ensure that students have the information and resources they need to help reach their academic goals at Creighton.

  • Peer2Peer is a mentoring program designed to support first-year SSS participants with the transition to college life through the guidance and assistance of upper class SSS students. Peer2Peer combines one on one meetings between mentors and mentees with group activities and meetings.

 

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.