In just 4 days, I’ll be on a plane headed to New Hampshire! My days are getting crazier and more jam-packed as I get closer to leaving for college. There’s so much to do and stress about that my last week seems to be flying by.
Despite how fast the days seem to be counting down, I took some time out for reflection. This summer has been spent gaining a sense of self and practicing solitude. I thought there was no better way to sum up my summer and start focusing on the future by coming up with some goals for freshman year.
When I was creating these goals, I made sure they had strong purposes behind them. Some of them are pretty lofty and will take a while to accomplish. Being able to envision the big picture is what will drive me to stay focused.
If you’re thinking about creating goals for yourself, one big tip I have is to write them down. It’s not enough to just think about them every now and then. It allows for a lot of distraction and derailment. Big goals that require a lot of small steps can often get tedious and it’s great to be able to look back and remember what the ultimate objective is to get you through them. Studies have also shown that the likelihood of completing a goal increases 42% when you write them down!
Goals for Freshman Year
+ Achieve a 3.7+ gpa
I was a good student in high school, and I’d love to continue that in college. It will be difficult to maintain a good grade average especially in this transition year, but I’m up for the challenge! I always keep in mind that I’m going to college first and foremost to get an education. Doing well is my job.
+ Get to know at least 2 of my professors
Everywhere I go it seems like college graduates’ biggest regret was not getting to know their professors well. Dartmouth has an excellent staff of undergrad professors and I plan to make full use of them. Whether it’s to ask for homework help or take interest in their research, I want to have a good relationship with my professors. You never know when you might need them again!
+ Start conversations and engage with other students
With a fresh start and new environment, I can’t wait to make new friends. I hope here I can make quality friendships that are long-lasting. Starting conversations and making small talk are not my strong suit, so I’ve decided to push myself to get out of my comfort zone and practice doing these things.
+ Exercise every week and eat healthily (most of the time)
I’m not so much worried about gaining the Freshman 15, my college is very active and walking is the main form of transportation. However, I think it’s important to establish good practices and healthy habits before it gets too late. A lot of people tend to go crazy in college with their newfound independence. But, I see this as a chance to really take responsibility for myself by making good choices for my body and mind.
+ Join clubs and get active on campus
Wherever I go, I love to be involved. I’m excited to discover new clubs and plan to branch out and join things I never would’ve thought to in high school. I think college life becomes far more fun when you really care about where you are and make it a goal to be engaged with many parts of your school.
+ Join The Dartmouth staff
Blogging has made me discover a passion to create and design new things. I’d love to be brought on the staff for my school’s newspaper to help with aesthetics and to write. It will be a great challenge and experience to help with design and to write in a more formal way.
Setting up goals has given me a lot to look forward to. I’m ready to start tackling them as soon as I get to campus.
What goals do you have for the new school year?