This year, we have begun to include education about how to develop and sustain self-efficacy and resilience. Self-efficacy is a person's belief in his ability to achieve a particular goal. Resilience is the capacity to withstand stressors, cope with adversity, and complete goal-related tasks. Both help people generate and maintain a state of being that allows for optimal engagement with their activities, projects, and relationships. Psychological research indicates that they help individuals be less prone to depression. Health science research confirms that there is a correlation between self-efficacy, resilience, and decreased occurrences of cancer, heart attack, and stroke, as well as increased chances of recovery. Sociological and Education studies report that self-efficacy and resilience increase student retention and success. As students learn about and develop self-efficacy and resilience they will be better equipped to engage with, and benefit from, the many opportunities of a Hampden-Sydney education.
Please visit the Wellness Center
and explore our resources. We invite you to ask questions, share information, and most importantly, remind your student that we are here for them. Best wishes to you and your loved ones throughout the holiday season. Annie JonesDirector of the Wellness Center