Cultivating College Confidence

ImageI kicked off my post-Birthright, post-Winter Break coffee endeavors with a long-thirsted for date.  A freshman and I had spoken over CI about connecting but it took us 5 months and a few false starts before we found ourselves sitting across from each other in the Ivory basement last week.  Good things come to those who wait.

A. is a feisty freshman, a people person with a head for science.  Yet that wasn’t the only part of our conversation that has stuck with me, days later – instead, it was her confidence that resonated.  She’s a poised woman that knows who she is and what she wants, reflected in the college choices she has made and the life choices that led her to Washington.  As a 30 year old woman, I wish some of my friends possessed the same sense of self! 

When asked about this, A. shared a troubling experience from high school.  Her peers gossiped about her making a poor decision, and she dealt with the consequences; this came at a time when she didn’t feel she was being a particularly authentic human being.  From the experience, she shared with me that a light bulb went off in her head and A. knew that in life, we cannot control what others think of us – but we can control owning our own sense of self.  A confident young woman emerged.

How much do the opinions of others impact the person you present to the world?  And what light bulb can you turn on in your life in order to uncover YOUR authentic self?


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