College Skills: Self- Awareness

Self- Awareness Within the College Student by Kaveesh Singh

Self- Awareness is necessary in every aspect of life especially college. Self- Awareness can be considered the conscious knowledge of one’s own character, motives, and desires. The concept of self awareness can be focused into three areas: college life, development of leadership, and in the field of Hospitality Management.

Being self aware in college can make you the ideal student and peer. In the article, “Components in a Comprehensive Definition of College Readiness” by D.T. Conley, self- awareness is described as the systematic understanding of the educational system with knowledge of the norms, values, conventions, and interactions for undergraduates in college. This means that all these skills can be considered necessary for students to cope with and make the transition into college as an undergraduate. Success in college can be obtained for those who can master and take control of their interpersonal and social skills that enable college students to interact with their peers or, in general, the understanding of oneself and others around them. For example, working in a group to get an assignment completed on your syllabus in college requires you to understand what is being needed from you and how to communicate with your peers to organize who does what. First, you must be able to realize your own capabilities and work habits to know what you alone can accomplish and then be able to communicate correctly and coherently to your peers about how you can precisely contribute to the assignment.

Furthermore, being able to control your emotions can help to assess your own character. In the article, “Co-curricular Assessment Scale Development” by Matthew Feldmann, Jeffery P. Aper, and Sam T. Meredith, self- awareness is termed as “Emotional Intelligence” which they consider to be the capacity to perceive, assimilate, and understand emotions while managing them. Not to mention, emotion plays the key part in the awareness of one’s self or in other words their consciousness. Knowing that, self- awareness is the emotional understanding of oneself, an accurate assessment of oneself, and the harboring of self- confidence to wrap it all up. For example, when entering college students are nervous starting this new chapter in their life, but being able to realize what kind of student you are can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses. Thus, giving you the self- confidence to tackle any obstacles that come your way. The article also states, “Emotional Intelligence appears to be a product of both natural aptitudes and learned competencies.”, aptitudes and competencies are just a fancier way of saying knowledge and skills that come from experience, reflection of oneself, and mentoring.

Secondly, with a set of skills and directions leadership can be developed from self- awareness. The article, “Co-curricular Assessment Scale Development”, states that emotional intelligence is the “basic building blocks of forms of leadership” in which people can develop their potential such as understanding and assessing yourself first can develop your confidence in taking action to lead your fellow college peers. Believing that undergraduates can develop both their emotional and cognitive intelligence or awareness in other words, can shape them for success and fulfillment in adulthood. As well as, the other article “Components in a Comprehensive Definition of College Readiness”, states that teamwork, the norms of academic culture, interactions with professors and peers, and actions in different settings with different cultures of people can also form leadership. This translates to teamwork between fellow peers and your professors along with the understanding of how academics is presented in college all in a diverse setting can develop one’s leadership skills.

Lastly, we see how self- awareness can affect certain fields of study, in particular, Hospitality Management. Within this field being self aware can help create the skills necessary to further your career. For example, working in a restaurant, one of the most important skills to have would be the ability to collaborate and work in a team. In a restaurant your team consists of both the front and back of the house workers such as the waiters and the chefs. Also, being able to communicate with them properly can create an ideal workspace. Not to mention, understanding the different cultures and backgrounds gives you the edge to know your co- workers in a more personal level. Thus, in return you can determine your own character such as your strengths and weaknesses and self assess yourself with these interactions to help better not as only an employee but as a future leader. As well as, with this setting you are able to develop you leadership skills. Demonstrating you leadership skills in a restaurant shows that your are focused, understand the norms of society and more importantly of the restaurant, and shows that you have self- confidence.

Hence, knowing one’s self first can help you succeed in your future endeavors as an undergraduate in college. Furthermore, understanding the emotions within yourself will enable you to develop those necessary leadership skills needed for the workforce. More importantly for the hospitality industry. Self- Awareness plus leadership can make you an unstoppable force. Whether it be during your college years or your years in the career field.

Works Cited

Conley, D.T. “Components in a Comprehensive Definition of College Readiness.” Redefining College Readiness. Vol. 3. Eugene: Educational Policy Improvement Center, 2007. 12-17. Print.

Feldmann, Matthew, Jeffery P. Aper, and Sam T. Meredith. “Co-Curricular Assessment Scale Development.” JGE: The Journal Of General Education 60.1 (2011): 16-42. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Sept. 2013.

Gerrig, Richard J., and Philip G. Zimbardo. “Glossary of Psychological Terms.” Allyn and Bacon, 2002. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.

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