In my opinion, confidence is one of the most important attributes you can develop. It’s something I strive to have and share with others. Especially in high school, being confident can be really tough. Everyone has to work through their own insecurities, even those who seem most comfortable and cool. For some, it comes naturally. For others, it’s a conscious decision every morning. I decided to catch up with a few students who would consider themselves to be confident.
People follow their passions, and soon become confident in their capabilities in the field. With a little work, that confidence can spread to all aspects of their lives. For people like Grayson Kamel (18) and Aram Brown (17), confidence stems from having a strong, accepting friend group. It’s vital to have a group of people who affirm and encourage you. Other catalysts of confidence are hobbies. Marian Bouchot (17) is confident in her film skills. She wants to use this assuredness to propel her into the film industry where she can “make a dent in the universe”. For Marian, confidence means being courageous enough to rock the boat and enact change.
Confidence can fluctuate. We all have bad days. But like Grayson says, who cares? We are all so busy fussing over our own insecurities that we do not have time to judge other people. Your flaws are never as big and bad as they seem. After a while, you should just accept your flaws and be proud of your strengths. Grow and discover who you are and who you want to be. If you make a mistake in where you put your identity, don’t worry. It’s only high school. What’s there to lose? So take a risk. Stop worrying so much about what others think. Maybe even follow Grace Osborne’s (18) lead and invest some time in caring for yourself. Confide in good friends. Step out of the norm. The more you push yourself from your comfort zone, the more your boundaries of “comfort” are expanded. Soon enough you’ll be exploring a whole new side of yourself you never even expected to find. It takes time but if it’s something you want, you’ll persevere. Worst comes to worst, you can always just fake it until you get to where you want to be.
Article and Video By: Abby Hale