How to achieve the semester of your dreams!
A new semester is a clean slate for all of us. If you’re a freshman, your first semester of college is a fresh start for your academic career and social life. New classes, new friends, new setting. It’s the ultimate opportunity to start all over, to try new things and figure out who you are without the pressure of your parents or family. For returning students and upperclassmen, a new semester is a clean slate too. You can make changes based on how your previous semesters went. Maybe you need to take your classes more seriously or build better relationships with your professors. Or maybe it’s time to get more involved on campus and make time to enjoy your college experience. Either way, the start of fall semester is the perfect time to figure out how you’ll make the most out of your school year.
Sometimes it can be difficult to look at yourself and acknowledge what you want to do differently. Sticking to those changes can be even harder. Setting goals for myself is one of the best ways I’ve found to stay on track and achieve everything I want during the semester. It’s a great way to prioritize responsibilities and keep your eyes on the prize. I wanted to share a few ideas I have for not only setting goals, but how to stick to them. Think of it as creating New Semester Resolutions.
Set your goals now.
Don’t wait until midterms pass to decide you’re going to study more this semester! It’s not too late to decide what it is you want to accomplish this semester. Setting goals early on will give you time to plan out how you’ll get from Point A to Point B. But remember less is more. A gigantic list of goals is impractical and could be stressful to keep track of.
Write them down.
This is so simple, yet so important. Write down your list and hang it up on your fridge, above your desk or by your bathroom mirror. Displaying your list somewhere you’ll see everyday will serve as a daily reminder for you to stay on track.
Make your goals specific and detailed.
It’s way more difficult to get where you want to be if you have no plan for getting there! Instead of just making a list of things you want to achieve, create a mini goal or plan for each one. For example, don’t just say “get good grades” or “spend more time studying.” Instead try, “Spend more time studying this semester by going to the library every Tuesday and Thursday for at least 3 hours.” Looking at your goal at a smaller scale will make it easier for you to stick to it.
You need an accountability partner.
Staying on track is hard to do alone. Ask a friend, family member or even roommate to keep up with your list and whether you’re staying on track. You could choose a different person for each goal or one for your entire list.
I hope these suggestions help you achieve the semester of your dreams. Good luck this semester! I believe in you!