b' Establishing Identity: developing a realistic self- image including an ability to handle feedback and criticism, defining limitations and exploring abilities, and understanding oneself in culture.Achieving Competence: managing emotions appropriately, developing and pursuing academic interests, identifying and solving problems, becoming confident and competent, and preparing for careers and life-long learning.Understanding and Supporting Diversity: meeting people from diverse backgrounds, encountering differences, and learning to honor the gifts of others.Establishing Connection and Community: learning to live respectfully with and among others, and developing skills in group decision-making and teamwork. HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND AND MANAGE STRESS The college years can be times of discovery and excitement. Those who work with students often strive to incorporate those qualities into their teaching. At the same time, the developmental tasks that are particular to the college years can be taxing and difficult. Stress responses can be triggered by positive experiences, such as falling in love or acing an exam or by negative experiences, such as an unexpected loss, disappointment or traumatic event. As a positive influence, stress can compel us to action, move us into ourFoundations for Supporting Students42'