I just taught a couple of classes in the Harvard Wellness Conference during Wintersession, and got this letter from one of the students:
“Thank you so much for speaking at our conference; it was really nice meeting you. Although I only had the chance to attend one of your lectures I felt like I learned a lot and was reminded of some things in my life that I should work harder to improve. I do have a question for you regarding confidence. I feel as though since coming to college I’ve become a lot more insecure and self-conscious, which I thought was the opposite of what was supposed to happen. Do you have any tips or suggestions for building confidence? Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you! — Virginia W.”
Well, Virginia, not to worry! First of all, it’s perfectly natural for us to feel more insecure and self-conscious when we got to college. Think about it: you left high school the Queen of the Hill! You were the senior, which means that you knew all the tricks and shortcuts. And not just a senior, but a Harvard-bound senior. That’s just about as good as it gets for an 18-year old.
Then, of course, you matriculated at Harvard or other college of choice — and got knocked down to the Continue reading