Friday February 16, 2018

Opportunities, challenges and experiences lead to confidence

By Alexandria Erin

Confidence is a learned quality. It is not something we have until we have gone through, learned from or become aware of opportunities we’ve endured, challenges we’ve accepted and experiences that once understood, form our world at large.

 

I’d like to briefly show you a tiny glimpse into the different opportunities, challenges and experiences I have undergone in college, specifically my four years at UD, that have allowed me to have the confidence I have today, and the confidence I wish to gain tomorrow and for the rest of my life.

 

- In CHAARG (women’s work out group) I challenged myself to expose myself to perseverance through exercise with a group of women. 

 

These are all just the “elevator speeches” for how I’ve grown in my confidence due to being apart of these organizations or campus jobs. I did not have the confidence I have today when I first joined or on my first day of work. It was learned and gained through these opportunities, challenges and experiences.

 

Put yourself out there, join organizations, get jobs, find people who you connect with and those whom you don’t and can then learn from, and allow yourself to use these opportunities, challenges and experiences to grow in your confidence of who you are, who you are meant to be, and who you wish to become!

 

Start small, trust the process and the baby steps it takes to become confident in what you do; from my experience it’s the only way we can all stand up for who we are, what we believe and the future we all strive for as students at the University of Dayton.

 

Shout out to Experiential Learning for allowing me acknowledge the growth I have gained from opportunities, challenges and experiences, that have made me the confident person I am today, the one I strive to be tomorrow and for the rest of my life. (click on “Experiential Learning” link to find out more)!

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