Do you know that the overall well-being of a student can be a big factor in attaining overall success?
Scape students in higher education are more likely to perform better, handle obstacles and cope up with life not if they get high grades, but if their well-being is fostered.
Of course, grades are important in indicating the student’s academic performance, but there is more to just grades. Some students may have high grades in class, but still feel insecure, and that affects their performance in the real world. That is why fostering student wellbeing is now highly encouraged in colleges universities: to promote healthy mental and emotional condition.
How exactly does fostering student well-being benefit the students in higher education?
Benefits of Fostering Student Wellbeing
1. Autonomous Motivation and Sense of Meaning and Purpose
Autonomous motivation is the key that drives the student’s wellbeing. Research in psychology has found that people who are self-motivated are more positive and more likely to produce better results. If we are intrinsically motivated to achieving valuable goals, we enjoy what we do because we get a sense of ownership in our every action. We find them interesting and achieving the goal gives a sense of self-satisfaction which promotes positive self-esteem.
2. A Sense of Belongingness
Fostering student wellbeing gives students a sense of belongingness. When college students enter the university, many of them would feel inferiority and think that they don’t belong to any social group, and this may affect their overall academic performance.
When we feel that we are accepted and valued by others in an organization, we can open ourselves more and become more genuine towards others. Every student is different that is why we have to value differences and diversity and start practicing social inclusion.
3. Better Relationships
Better relationships with others are formed when the students’ well-being is fostered. Students would feel trust, care, and reliance towards others. In line with this, they themselves, too, develop into individuals who can be trusted, cared for, and relied on. This then promotes harmony in the environment as people don’t feel threatened from one another and instead, learn to trust each other.
4. Experiences of Autonomy
Autonomy means the right to self-government. When our goals and actions are self-driven, it gives an authentic sense of fulfillment once they are achieved, rather than when they are imposed by others which give a feeling of being tied and controlled. When students have experiences of autonomy, they will become more willing to act on their goals in a healthy self-competition.
Fostering student wellbeing promotes competence to the students in higher education. They develop self-esteem and self-control, making them able to manage tasks and challenges successfully and efficiently.
Schooling is not only about getting high grades to get the right career and be successful in life. Intelligence is only one of the factors of succeeding. Emotional and mental health, relationship towards self and other, and the overall wellbeing of an individual are more important to achieve not only success in one’s career but in all aspects of life.