Social and Emotional Skills

Social and emotional skills mean the ability to understand and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These skills might seem obvious or seem to come to you naturally, but many adults continue to have difficulty getting them right all of the time. Having a good grasp of these skills will help you to transition out of high school to the next step in your life. Understanding the social and emotional dynamics of your day-to-day life will help you manage significant changes to your routine, environment and social circle that might come up during this transition period. Read on to learn more about self-awareness, social awareness, self-management skills, social skills, and resilience.

Self-Awareness for Teens

Self-awareness is being able to understand and recognize your emotions, what you care about and how you view yourself. Self-awareness is the first step in relating to others. Self-awareness is also key to honing your self-management skills. Since being able to connect with others is a big part of our lives, this skill is critical to be aware of and to understand. Navigate the links below to learn more about how you can practice emotional awareness, set life goals and embrace positive self-esteem.

Self-Management Skills for Students

Self-management is managing our feelings, thoughts, behaviors and working through challenges. Common self-management skills include things like learning to manage emotions, decision-making and relationships and how to manage worry. Young children often have difficulty practicing self-management skills. But as we grow and mature, we develop more and more understanding and control in these areas. Our self-management skills have a big impact on our feelings about ourselves and our relationships with others. Navigate the links below to learn more about self-management skills.

Social Awareness

As you grow up, you learn that your life is so much better when you’re sensitive and aware of the needs and feelings of the people around you. This can be categorized as being “socially aware.” Social awareness is being able to manage friendships, school and work situations and anything that involves interacting with other people. In this section you’ll learn about the factors that contribute to social awareness. So, what is social awareness in practice? In practice, social awareness can take many forms, like social cues, empathy and nonverbal cues. Discover the intricacies of social awareness and learn how you can be more socially aware by navigating the links below.

Social Skills for Students

Social skills refer to your ability to interact with other people. It’s important to understand social skills since you are almost constantly interacting with people – with your family and friends, at school and in your community, and more. Your success and comfort in these interactions will impact how you feel about many areas of your life. Read through the links below to learn more about important social skills.


Resilience is vital to your success both in and after your transition out of high school. Being resilient means that you can adjust to circumstances and keep going in the face of challenges, big and small. Resilient people can take on difficult work, build strong relationships and embrace unfamiliar experiences. Characteristics of resilient students include taking challenges in stride, coping skills and embracing time alone.