The Relevancy of Self-Efficacy

What is the true definition of self-efficacy? Why is it important to have a good sense of self-efficacy in college? These are two questions that I’ve thought a lot about since moving to Bellingham and becoming a student at Western Washington University. These questions have changed the way that I do things. Whenever I put my mind to schoolwork, I consider how my confidence has affected the outcome of the assignment.

This leads us to the “Relevancy of Self-Efficacy” theory and how it relates to a college student’s life. The base of this theory is that having a good sense of self-efficacy is something that is necessary to have in your life, especially when it’s related to homework. This theory can easily relate to students because the better the sense of self-efficacy that they have, the more the confident they will feel when completing their homework and living their lives.

I have thought about this theory and developed it throughout my freshmen year in college. The thought started when I created a podcast about how self-efficacy can affect you in college and how college can potentially help you develop a better sense of self-efficacy. After this project, I did a project where I had to build on the theory that I already had come up with. I ended up doing more research on my topic of self-efficacy and I created a more well-developed theory about self-efficacy. I then created a thesis based on this theory.

The theory that I came up with can be related to the podcast that I made at the beginning of my freshmen year. The podcast was about how college can improve your level of self-efficacy and confidence level. I interviewed my roommate, Cameron, who is a freshman in college, and DeeAnna, who is a senior in high school. I interviewed these two different people because it showed that their lifestyles were two different things and that college doesn’t necessarily effect your level of self-efficacy right away, it might take a year or more for college to start effecting you. DeeAnna “rated herself an 8 on a scale 1 to 10” whereas Cameron rated himself “a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10.” DeeAnna gave herself an 8 because she “provides everything for herself, besides housing and food” and Cameron rated himself a 6 because “there are a lot of responsibilities to take care of.” This shows that college students aren’t necessarily more self-efficient than other people.

When I started working on another project where I created a more well-developed theory and a thesis based on this theory. Some things that helped me research my topic and create a better theory were Vince Tinto’s model of student attrition and his model of fit, integration, and commitment. Together, these two models say that if you fit the model of a colleges average lifestyle then you will have a better chance of graduating. It shows that students who have an average sense of self-efficacy are more likely to graduate. Based on this you can assume that people with a higher level of self-efficacy are more likely to succeed in college and graduate.

Throughout this assignment, I’ve concluded that being self-efficient and having a good sense of self-efficacy can lead to having a better life in college. You’ll have a better level of confidence in yourself and be more likely to graduate. By looking at my theory and comparing it to your future you can also see it taking place in your workplace. You’ll see yourself exhibiting better levels of self-confidence and a higher rate of success.