I can’t believe I’m starting my sophomore year of college already. Freshman year flew by, so I know that this year is probably going to go by just as fast. I have a few things that I want to accomplish this year, and instead of just writing them down in a notebook and forgetting about them, I decided to jot them down into a blog post to make myself more credible.
Get accepted into the Communication program.
This isn’t so much a goal as it is something that I just need to get done. Even though I’m planning on just minoring in Communication, my school requires you to formally apply to the program with a resume, as well as meeting several requirements. I’m not too nervous about getting rejected (I have a feeling that rarely ever happens), but I still want to make my resume as perfect as possible.
Get a job.
Ugh. I’m currently writing this as I’m counting down the days until the last day at my summer job, so just thinking about going job hunting so soon is enough to make me want to climb into bed and never move. I’m hoping to get a job on-campus since it would be the most convenient (no driving, get breaks off) and would be flexible with my schedule (I’m only looking to work between 10 to 15 hours a week and on-campus jobs promise to respect your other obligations), but have been striking out so far on that since everything already seems to be filled. I’ve also been looking off-campus, but nothing has caught my eye. My friend suggested that I join her at Kohl’s as a sales associate, but I’m a bit hesitant to go back to retail. I guess I’ll figure something out eventually.
Join an organization on campus.
At the moment, I’m thinking either the school’s literary journal or the newspaper. I think it’s something I really need to do know that I’m an English major. I need the experience. Plus, I’ll be able to improve my writing/editing skills and hopefully learn some new ones as well. It’s also a good way to get me out of my comfort zone a little bit.
Another friend who goes to the same college as me and I really want to join an organization on campus that is committed to volunteer work. If that doesn’t work out for some reason, I’ve always been interested in volunteering at a public library!
Meet new people.
It just comes down to keeping up a friendly attitude. I think the pressure to make friends isn’t as high as it was last year for me, since this year I’m THANKFULLY going in knowing a few people already. That makes such a difference. Of course, I’m definitely still open to getting to know new people.
Obtain a 3.5 or higher GPA both semesters.
High school me would never have dared to make a goal like this. But for some reason, my GPA last year was so much better than it ever had been in high school. For most students transitioning from high school to college, the opposite happens: their GPA worsens. So I’m going to keep the pressure on myself to continue to put in the hours towards studying and take assignments seriously. Math and science have always been my biggest weaknesses academically, and next semester I’m taking no classes in either area, which definitely gives me a confidence boost in believing that I can obtain this goal.
Budget money wisely.
I have a real problem when it comes to spending money. As in, I spend money far too frequently with much too little thought. This year, I don’t have a dining plan, which was paid by my parents last year. So I’m in charge of using my own money to buy my groceries, which of course is fundamental step in transitioning to adulthood. I know my parents are going to continue to help me financially, which is a privilege that I’m aware not everyone has, and I’m very grateful for the support. However, I know in my heart that I can’t keep taking from my parents and need to establish more financial independence, which is why one of my goals is to get a job this school year. Hopefully I can get gain some self-control in Target and stop impulse buying.
Stay on a workout routine.
I actually did pretty good with this during my Spring semester of freshman year – Fall semester was a different story. I hardly worked out, and I definitely suffered the consequences. I don’t want that to happen again. My college has a great fitness center, and I want to go there and do carido + weight training at least five times a week. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to keep that up. I just need to stay motivated and practice time management skills.
While I’m aware that stress is an unavoidable aspect of being a college student, I feel like I let it consume a lot of my energy last year. I want this year to more about making good memories and basking in this short period before adulthood punches me hard in the face. I’m not saying I’m going to slack. No, I’m going to work hard. But I’m also going to make sure to do things I want to do as well. Walking the trails around campus, exploring the city and nearby areas, taking random adventures, etc. Schoolwork and career preparation is just one aspect of the college experience.
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