By Rio Jackson
Building confidence and increasing your self-esteem is vital in adapting in a new social setting. I will briefly walk you through a journey on how to channel and become “the best you”. The awkwardness, stumbling out of words or becoming distant can negatively impact your engagement with your peers. College is one of the best places to practice embracing new cultures, learning new languages, meeting new friends and expanding your comfort zone.
Here are a few tips you can use to expand your surroundings and stay on track:
Try something new.
Meaning, go to that yoga class you heard about. Try that restaurant you seen on Yelp, or go see that movie you heard great things about. Remember to try something new when you are ready. You never want to feel rushed or peer-pressured into doing something you’re not prepared to do. Start where you are comfortable.
List your short and long-term goals.
This best way to measure your growth, is to document it. Short goals can include, making sure you set time for self-care. Remember, some goals can be set with your own deadlines.
Practice positive affirmations.
Speaking positively is a great way to begin your day. Some affirmations can include: I will seize the day, I am the master of my fate, I will do and be my best. Affirmations can remind you to be encouraged and build your self-esteem.
Meet new people.
Take some time to introduce yourself to a new classmate. Typically, you have shared interest with your classmates, and will spend a lot of class time with them. Building friendships is a part of the college experience. Make sure you get know the community surrounding USC and explore the school’s culture. Free events are always available and serve as perfect opportunity to meet new people.
Stay connected with your roots.
Keep in contact with your family or friends that keep you grounded. Stay in contact with your family who can positively impact your adjustment to your new school. Lastly, great friends can give you the push you need to finish your semester strong!
Good luck and remember to take care of yourself.
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Rio graduated from USC with a Masters in Social Work. She was born right here in the city of Los Angeles, California and has immersed herself in community activism and service. Rio has worked and lived in the many diverse cities in Los Angeles, from South Central to Redondo Beach, and as an undergrad, lived four years in the South. Rio received her bachelors degree in Psychology and managed to flourish in several organizations and leadership roles as a first-generation college student. She also shares adventurous stories traveling all over the U.S. Rio has worked for a community based organization and interned as a school social worker and for the Department of Child & Family Services. Ultimately, Rio enjoys yoga, traveling, and attending concerts on her free time.