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So, what exactly is resilience?

To us, it simply means to keep going, to not give up when things get tough, to focus on a goal, even if there are setbacks and keep on trucking forward. Time and time again, we have learned that experiencing adversity can lead us to perform better, under pressure in new agile situations and that failure can actually enhance our empathy, motivation and sheer determination.


Resilience something learned… not simply taught, it is more of an outcome of experience or multiple experiences. That being said, you can always learn skills or tools that can help you build resilience that may help you in times to come! 


  1. Awareness – This is all about understanding or noticing things that are is going on around you and, inside your head;
  2. Thinking – This is about being subjective, about being able to interpret or digest the things and happenings that are going on, rationally;
  3. Support – This is about understanding when and how we can call upon others to help us, aswell as understanding that you’re not alone;
  4. Strength – This is all about our mental and physical ability to cope with the challenges and change without becoming ill, stressed or otherwise. 


Resilience can lead to improved learning, lower stress levels and reduced risk-taking behaviour (which is good for all of us) it also builds on personal empathy and understanding, which can be beneficial when others require support.

It’s is important to remember that resilience doesn’t exist alone… And it’s not an expectation of anyone.

Resilience is learned from a mixture of skills and experiences, for it to truly develop it requires supportive but challenging environment. 


We understand everyone is different – and at different times in our lives, we all need support! 

For the A-Z of UNE support services, check out this blog.

If difficult circumstances are affecting your study, you can contact Advocacy & Welfare at or on (02) 6773 3116.

You’re never alone at UNE.