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Turn Your Stress Into Success

Every new start can be scary, but being afraid is not always a bad thing. It means that people who are usually scared in the beginning will put more effort into their preparations and ultimately celebrate their success.

But why be stressed when we can just enjoy working and studying?

Here I will list some stresses that you can avoid. If you are a beginner in the world of programming without any prior experience as I was, you may feel in the first classes that the teachers are speaking a foreign language. Don’t worry! just take a pen and write all the unfamiliar terminologies and abbreviations then go home and check them. It will also be helpful to find some related articles to gain further knowledge. Next class, you will feel so much better and you may even ask questions! It is very important in the programming world to always be up to date, in terms of knowledge and skills, and be self-driven. There will always be new technologies that you are unfamiliar with and therefore becoming a self-learner is a very important skill for a lifetime success in our field.

Another stress may be related to homework. Keep in mind that the road to success is doing your labs and assignments. Although they may not all be marked and be referred to as formative assessments, they will help you learn to be well organized and prove to yourself and your teachers that you are a responsible student. Dedicated repetitive practice is a key factor for learning programming. If you start to perceive your classes as more of a workplace environment and respect the deadline for homework and projects, you will create good working habits and you will certainly increase your chances of success. Think of every project as your own personal accomplishment, give your best and don’t just think about passing. This will make you enjoy the process and be proud of the final product. If you don’t want to be stressed with working on a project last minute, start brainstorming and planning the same day it is handed out. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions, the teachers always like to help.

One of the scariest things for me is presenting in front of the class, individually or in a group. Not only is English not my mother tongue, but I have a phobia of speaking in front of an audience as it is. My voice changes, my hands shake, and I feel my heart jumping out of my chest. It gets even worse when I am in a group, I am afraid that my colleagues won’t get good marks because of me. People say that the best way to overcome a fear is to face it. So don’t worry, you will have many opportunities to practice and train yourself, since there are presentations in almost every class. There is also a special course in the second semester that will prepare you for this. As we know, College is not meant to “torture” students. It is rather meant to prepare us for the workplace. How will we present our amazing ideas to our team or incredible software to our clients if we can’t talk in front of people? Therefore, soft skills play an important role in your training and success!

As someone who has attended post-secondary schooling for 6 years and received a Masters in Finance, I have never had such nice teachers. They are there to help us and guide us, our success is theirs, so reach out and don’t be afraid regardless of your level. In order to succeed, you need to study and work hard, not just to pass exams but to build your future. When you go for the first interview, it is about your real knowledge and experience. What are your stressors and tools or strategies to handle them? Please share with us your ideas!