Be good to yourself. It’s an important reminder for members of the LGBTQ community — and all students.
Going to college can rattle your confidence — you’re in a new place with new people and may be exploring a new identity — but it doesn’t have to.
To help ease the transition, the University of Arizona welcomes students, parents and guests of all gender identities to visit the LGBTQ Resource Center. For many Wildcats, the center is a home away from home where they can meet new people, study in between classes and get involved on campus. Thousands of students over the years have taken advantage of the LGBTQ Affairs’ resources and programs, such as the Queering Arizona Conference and Rainbow Graduation, as well as support groups, where students can talk openly about the issues they face in their lives.
In particular, the center is a haven for incoming freshman who are oftentimes away from their homes for the first time and transitioning into university life. Glenn Matchett-Morris, PhD, associate director of counseling and psych services at Campus Health Service at the UA, shares five tips for all students looking to boost their self esteem:
- Be your own best friend. Be kind to yourself and learn how to quiet your inner critic.
- Let go of perfectionism. This can be a tough one, but it’s an important lesson to learn. Set realistic expectations for yourself.
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Identify what you like about yourself and remind yourself regularly.
- Focus on the things you can change. These can be big or small. If you want to meet new people or get more involved in campus life, set mini goals that will help get you there.
- Look for supportive people and spend time with them regularly. In fact, put them on speed dial!