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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First Semester of College in a Nutshell

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The first semester of college can be very exciting! It’s a time where you start making new friends, learn to live on your own, and make the adjustment from high school classes to college classes. It is a great learning opportunity for everyone. During my first semester of college, I learned some things I will never forget.

1. Your stress level will go off the charts.

If you think high school was stressful, wait until you get to college. The homework assignments and studying will become never ending. Just when you think you have all of your assignments done for the day, you realize that you have an upcoming test to study for. There will be times when you don’t have the time to study for a test, and it will make you even more stressed. While you’re worried about homework and studying, you also have to remember to go to events, meetings, and take trips to the store when you’ve run out of your favorite snacks. The stress can be overwhelming at times, but all freshmen are facing the same problems.

2. You’ll say you won’t procrastinate, but you will.

Before I started my classes, I told myself I wouldn’t procrastinate. Well, that didn’t go as planned. When you’re on your own in college, it’s very easy to procrastinate. You no longer have a parent constantly reminding you to do your homework. With all of the events for new freshmen, it’s hard to turn them down to go work on a research paper. You’ll also be excited to hang out with all of your new friends, and you’ll forget about your assignments until the night before they’re due (sometimes the morning of). It’s all about time management.

3. It’s okay if you don’t make a ton of friends.

When I first came to college, I thought it was all about making new friends. It is important to meet new people and have friends to hang out with, but having too many can become a distraction. It’s okay to go out to eat with your friends every once in a while, or have a movie night, as long as you allow yourself some time for homework and studying. After all, you are attending college to get an education.

4. You’re bound to forget something.

After pinning list after list of what to bring to college, I thought I was prepared with anything I could possibly need. After a few days of staying in my dorm room, I realized I had forgotten a can opener. It’s so easy to forget little things. It’s bound to happen to everyone, so just be prepared to take a couple trips to the store to get the things you forgot to pack.

5. A planner will become your best friend.

You should always, always, write your assignments down in a planner. Having a planner will help you become more organized, and help you remember when your assignments are due. I started carrying mine with me everywhere and writing down every assignment, meeting, or special event I had. I don’t know what I would do without my planner at this point.

6. Joining a sorority/fraternity isn’t for everyone.

When I first started college, I went in with an open mind about joining a sorority. I had heard both positive and negative things about sororities. I decided to wait until I learned more about the sororities on campus before I made my decision. I learned that a sorority can be expensive and time consuming. On the other hand, I learned that it could be a good way to help a charity and make new connections. When it came down to it, I didn’t have the time or money to join a sorority with all of my other commitments. Some people love being in a sorority or fraternity, but it isn’t for everyone. So don’t feel out of place if joining a sorority or fraternity isn’t for you.

That sums up my first semester in a nutshell. What did you learn during your first semester of college?