As students, we all face challenges and obstacles in our academic journeys. These challenges can range from difficult coursework, to time management, to personal stressors. It’s important to remember that these challenges are a natural part of the learning process, and that building resilience can help us overcome them and reach our goals. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and challenges, and it can be developed and strengthened over time. On resilience, the Harvard Business Review writes, “Resilience can be understood as one’s ability to cope with adverse situations and bounce back stronger. What begins in your formative years at school as meta-cognitive social and emotional learning after many a missed goals, skinned knees, and broken hearts, eventually determines your fortitude as adults to make your way through sticky spots in life.” Setbacks happen to all of us, we need to learn how to use those challenges to propel us towards our goals. The apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15 affectionately exhorts us to be strong in the face of obstacles, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” Your labor in getting a biblical education strengthens your ministry and service to our Lord.
Here are some tips for building resilience as a student:
- Set small, achievable goals for yourself and work towards them consistently. This can help you build confidence and momentum.
- Practice self-care and make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
- Develop a growth mindset and be open to learning from your mistakes. This can help you learn from challenges and move forward more quickly.
- Surround yourself with supportive friends, family, and mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement.
- Seek out help and support when you need it, whether it’s from a teacher, a counselor, or a peer. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help.
Remember, building resilience takes time and practice, but with perseverance, you can develop the skills and mindset to overcome the challenges you may face as a student.