Francesca standing in front of a neon light piece by Brian Jungen at the AGO.

How I’m becoming confident at university: A mini-guide

All throughout my time in high-school I had to wear a uniform, and we were not allowed to wear any jewelry, makeup, nail polish, or basically any other accessory. It was easy; I woke up, put on my uniform, and headed out to school. This was probably one of the reasons why I was so nervous coming into U of T. Obviously I did have my own style before, but never had I had to wear it to class. Sure, lectures aren’t runways, but whenever I looked around I always felt like everyone looked more put together than me, or at least felt more comfortable. I would always see other students go up to the professors so confidently, or perhaps they’d participate in class and the professor would know their name. I kept on wondering how could someone possibly be so sure about what they were doing. It didn’t take me long to realize that everyone around me was also pretty nervous. In high school my friends knew me for my personality, not for what I wore. Coming to university, I’ve learned how to make my personality shine through what I wear. I’ve discovered that when I act confident, I end up truly feeling that way, too. 
A pink and blue flower patch being sown onto jean.
In Process - sewing on a traditional Peruvian patch to my jean jacket!
The back of a jean jacket with a flower patch
Final result! Adding this touch of colour to my jean jacket made it super fun!
                Sometimes, putting an extra 5 minutes into planning my  outfit the night before can help me have a much better day. Not necessarily because of what people might think about it, but rather because it’s an outfit that I like, and when I feel confident, I tend to have more productive days. And when I have a productive day, I feel even better with myself. Another way for me to do this is playing around with my makeup. I didn’t grow up wearing make-up. In fact, I only started experimenting with it once I came here, so I’m not necessarily the best at it. However, trying out different colours and shades gives me a thrill that lasts me the whole day. Even if you're not "good" at it, why not give it a chance? It might spark something inside you that you didn't know you had!
A selfie taken by Francesca where she's wearing colourful makeup, long earrings, and her hair tied up.
A look I created for my college's Pub Night - I love using bright colours.
Finally, I like reminding myself that feeling cute isn’t always the most important thing. Being in huge classes can so easily make me feel insecure. My favourite trick, as simple as it may sound, is going to tutorials. Why? Simply because they’re smaller classes, and knowing my TAs help me feel more confident about what I’m learning. The next step from there is talking to my TA or even my professor, once either of them knows me I feel ready to dive right into the material we’re learning. As school approaches, I’m already starting to think about how I’m going to go about it this year. Small changes in the way I carry myself and even in how I introduce myself to others can help me feel confident, and I’m determined to stick to it. 

1 comment on “How I’m becoming confident at university: A mini-guide

  1. The college style is so important to me. This was a really helpful for me as a
    York University student and a fashion lover.

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