Month: July 2017

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: How Acting Confident Can Help You Become Confident

You’ve probably heard the line “fake it ’til you make it” before. It can be used to describe a wide range of different scenarios—for instance, you might think of it in terms of buying the trappings of financial success before you can really afford them.

When I think about “faking it,” however, the first thing that comes to mind is less about specific markers of success and more about my intangible self-improvement goals. In this case, I’m using “fake it till you make it” to refer to a different kind of “making it”, one that’s much more personal. I’m talking about self-confidence— developing it, maintaining it, and how it appears in your interactions with others.

I’m not the most confident person on Earth, and chances are, you aren’t either. Pretty much everyone struggles with self-confidence in one way or another. (For instance, sometimes it takes effort for me to believe that I can give good advice to high school students!) However, it’s clear that being confident comes with benefits in terms of what you get out of life and how others perceive you.

Fortunately, I’ve found that it’s not always necessary to be confident. Frequently, acting as though you’re confident is enough to garner some of the same benefits. Here’s how to fake confidence before you really feel it, and how projecting a confident attitude can give you space and practice to develop a truer sense of confidence in yourself.

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Your Income Doesn’t Have to Determine Your Education

When I was choosing my university, I focused on one factor more than anything else—the price. Tuition was the primary factor that determined which schools I applied to. Incredibly, there have been many new policies created throughout the US that are allowing more students to further their education. These type of changes are happening everywhere, providing new options for those who may not have even considered college before.

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A Guide to Being a Good Roommate

As you’ve no doubt seen in the many screen depictions of the college experience, having a roommate is often a fact of life once you get to college. At some colleges, this is by design; at others, it’s because first-years get last pick of housing options. Either way, if you’re bound for college, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself sharing a room— and needing to figure out how to maintain a good relationship with your roommate.

Like everyone, I’ve had my share of roommate annoyances, incompatibilities, and conflicts. I’ve also been the annoying roommate more often than I like to admit. However, I’ve come a long way since my first year of college, and what I’ve learned may be useful to those of you who are newly encountering this challenge.

Trying to manage an adult-like life in the same room as another person who’s trying to do the same thing is not always easy, but it can be done! With a little thoughtfulness, you too can learn to survive and thrive with whatever roommate you get.

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Things To Do Before You Leave for College

The summer before you leave for college is a busy time. You have to fill out paperwork! You have to choose your classes! You have to buy a laundry basket! Alongside the practical necessities, however, there are a number of less tangible things that it’s a good idea to take care of before you leave town.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you contemplate the end of your senior year, your summer break, and the process of getting ready to transition to college.

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