“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” Denis Waitley

FG Blog Entry #1

Emotional Intelligence Theme:  Self Regard – Assessing Strengths


Twitter Quote:   Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have, that everyone else is missing.Unknown


Often when you are starting something new, like college, you may feel very nervous and insecure about your ability to succeed. When most people feel this way they tend to focus on what they are lacking and how much better other people seem to be handling things. Here is a little secret…EVERYONE feels this way when they are worried or nervous and dealing with the unknown. So, you’re asking yourself…”how does my Self Regard (Self-Esteem) even affect my academics, or even my future career?”




If you go through your life and everyday focus on what you are missing, you place less attention and importance on what you DO bring. Students who have a healthy self esteem, tend to ask questions when they don’t understand, approach their professors to clarify their learning, ask for what they need to be successful on a project and generally take charge of their own learning experience. If you focus on what you are lacking, why would you think that you are worthy of asking for what you need? Everyone brings something to a group, or a task, in every situation. I have been a counsellor for a long time and I am yet to find someone who brings no positive aspects to any given situation. You do, however, need to let people see those positive traits and abilities!


Building your Self Regard (Self Esteem), will help you to take advantage of career opportunities, set and achieve higher goals and help you to enhance every aspect of your personal life by helping you get connected to other people.


Today…try to think about what great things other people have said about you, what you think you do well and what you “almost” have mastered in your life. Try it! Your brain goes where you focus it!


If you are interested in further working on building your skill and strengths in the area of Self Regard (Self Esteem), check out my Self Regard E-Learn module! All you need to do is email me at heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca and I will add you to my class list. Once you have access you can work on this strength building are as well as 14 others….curious!?!?! You know you want to join me this semester…come on! ;-).


Thanks for joining me! My name is Heather Drummond and I am a counsellor at Mohawk College. This academic year, I will be creating an online presence to help students to be as successful in their academic endeavors as they can be. You will be able to follow me, and learn, on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, YouTube, and if you are a Mohawk Student, on E-Learn. If you join in, you will find various learning and skill building opportunities that will help you develop the strengths and competencies necessary for academic, career and personal success. The weeks through this semester will be organized around the 15 competency areas of Emotional Intelligence developed by Dr. Reuvan Bar-On (www.reuvenbaron.org).


Check it all out!


Twitter: https://twitter.com/FGMohawkCollege

Tumblr: http://mohawkcollegefirstgeneration.tumblr.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mohawk.counselling

ELearn: https://elearn.mohawkcollege.ca/ (email me to subscribe!)


Looking forward to Tweeting and Tumblin’ with you!


Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)


‘What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing’


Welcome to Mohawk College’s First Generation Blog!!

Be sure to check back here in the coming months as we gear up for the Fall 2011 semester! Here you will find helpful tips, tricks & strategies that can help you to be successful in your college program. You will be able to find out more on Twitter, Tumblr and E-Learn.

Good Luck!

The First Generation Team