At the end of each semester, I take time to reflect on how it went. What did I enjoy about it? What areas did I struggle in? How can I improve my performance?
It’s safe to say that third year has been my hardest academic year yet. With an exam every Monday and countless assignments, I’ve certainly been kept on my toes. Surprisingly, I feel as though I handled the stress graciously. I’ve had numerous blows throughout the course of the semester but I kept chugging along and have been relatively successful. I made some mistakes and have been careless in some areas which has definitely taken a toll on me this year. That is another reason why setting goals are so important to me. This forces me to hold myself accountable.
Here is a brief list of my major goals for this upcoming year:
- Pull Up Those Grades. My grades aren’t entirely where I want them to be, but I still have four more months to improve them. This is a compound problem caused by other areas I have neglected. I plan on spending more time studying and working on obtaining a practical understanding of what I am learning.
- Get Organized. One of my biggest mistakes this year was failing to properly organize myself. I generally write down important dates and events in my planner, so I have a daily visual reminder. This year I relied solely on my Google calendar. This was not enough because I almost missed a few important deadlines. I will go back to my multi-modal planning and make sure I add important dates well in advance.
- Make a Routine. This year I was all over the place. I did not try to make a schedule or stick to a routine. For these reasons I did not invest enough time in important areas like studying or working out. This caused me to procrastinate pretty badly. I hope that by organizing my time a bit better I can also create an effective routine that will help me be more successful.
- Balance My Priorities. School needs to be the number one priority. I tell myself this continuously and yet I still find myself choosing to go out rather than stay in and study. I can be a pretty impulsive person, and when given the option to have fun over studying, I will usually choose to have fun. While this supports my mental health, it also causes more unnecessary stress in the long run. I need to figure out the fine balance between work and play and learn to tread more carefully.