Goals for a Successful Semester of College

IMG_7527 The start of a new year is the perfect time to work towards some of those goals you have been putting off forever. Many people have New Year’s resolutions or goals that they set to work towards during this new year. Personally, I prefer goals over New Year’s resolutions any day. In this post, I will share with you some of the goals that I am going to be working on during my spring semester of college. These goals are things that any student can work towards to help improve their grades or their college lives in general.

Goal #1: Improve study habits.

This goal may seem obvious, but it is extremely important to help improve your grades. I learned the importance of studying during my first semester of college when I got some of my quiz grades back and wasn’t impressed with my results (You can read my post about other things I learned during my first semester of college here). Instead of spending hours at a time studying, I am going to study for shorter intervals and take breaks in between. This studying strategy has been proven to be more efficient!

Goal #2: Read more.

During this semester, I plan on reading all of my reading assignments. There were nights when I stayed up really late and would tell myself that I would just finish the reading assignment in the morning before class. This was a huge mistake, because I would sometimes forget to do the reading. It was just my luck that every time this happened, we had a quiz over the assigned reading. Big mistake. I don’t plan on just reading my college textbooks though. I also plan on reading other books too. I love reading for fun, but since I’ve started college, I haven’t really had the time to read any books. I am going to try to change this, and make more time for reading books that I’m interested in.

Goal #3: Eat healthier.

I have gotten into the habit of going to the dining hall and loading up on cheesy fries whenever there is nothing else appetizing on the menu. My goal for this semester is to make healthier eating choices. There are a lot of fruit and vegetable options in my dining hall that I need to learn to take advantage of. I think it is important for any college student to work on this goal, because there are many students who do not pay attention to the unhealthy foods they are eating, and this is the reason why so many students gain the freshman 15.

Goal #4: Develop better organizational habits.

I can’t even count the number of times I have tried to do my homework and have encountered a messy desk. Every time this happens, I get discouraged to do the work. I am going to work harder at organizing my desk and keeping all of my assignments organized as well. Keeping your assignments organized will make it easier for you to keep track of them so that you don’t forget to do one.

Goal #5: Exercise more.

There are a lot of students at my college who are athletes, but I am not one of them. I am going to make the extra effort to exercise more this semester. I think exercising is an important part of staying healthy and it is something that I am definitely lacking. Something as simple as going for a walk around campus will be better than being a couch potato.

Each of these goals are simple and realistic, and that I why I prefer goals over New Year’s resolutions. Any college student can work towards these goals to help better their college experience.

What goals are you working towards this year, or this semester of college?


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