I really enjoyed having a goal list this summer, so I’ve decided to do the same for this fall, when it will matter even more. I’ve got a lot going on this semester, but I am confident that I can handle it with a positive spirit.
Goals for Employment
- Apply for entry-level jobs in marketing. From the research I’ve already done, I know that at first I will probably have to settle for a job I know I won’t have a career at. My goal here is to find a job that will give me enough experience to be able to either advance internally or externally in 3-5 years.
- Utilize university resources. This means going to career fairs and using the career readiness offices here. I have even thought about seeing if there are any kind of aptitude tests that I can take to help me narrow down and/or discover job ideas I may not have thought of.
Goals for Extracurriculars
- Video Production Team: work at least one game per sport. Both my boyfriend and I were hired to work on our university’s athletics video production team. I don’t know if this goal will be possible given my schedule, but I would like to be an asset to the team and work at least one game of every sport we cover.
- COB Ambassadors: work one event a month. The COB Ambassadors help out with and organize College of Business events. Since I will only be on the team for a year, I want to give and get as much out of this program as possible.
- COB Ambassadors: project manage one project before graduation. Managing a COB project would be great for my experience and my resume.
Goals for Daily Life
- Don’t add unnecessary stress. I sometimes tend to worry about things that don’t really matter. Just as one example, I get road rage when walking to class. I’m a fast walker, and getting stuck behind someone who isn’t makes me really mad. But I am reminding myself that I have enough important things to worry about. The goal here is not to stress over things that don’t matter — if it’s not my responsibility and/or I can’t do anything about it, I shouldn’t be thinking about it. Little things should not be bringing down my mood.
- Cut back on buying coffee. I have a (roughly) $200ish budget per month for personal expenses, but I need to be more intentional about the way I spend my money. I know how to make my own cold brew and iced coffee, and going out for coffee once a month is more than enough of a treat.
- Make time for friends. This is my senior year, and I need to make sure I spend time with people I may not be seeing as often soon.
- Make time for myself. I’m a happier person when I can spend a few hours reading or blogging on my own terms, so this needs to be something of a priority.
Most of these goals are loose. Especially for the extracurricular goals, I know my classes may get so crazy that I may not be able to do all that I want to do. (After all, I have group projects in 5/6 of my classes.) However, the main takeaway/overall goal here is to get the most out of my last year here at school. The end is in sight, and I want to end on a high note. It feels easier for me to be busy this year because I know it will all end in the spring, and then there will be no going back. Instead, there will be a whole other set of challenges and worries and problems, but I don’t have to worry about them yet. So here’s my final goal:
- Enjoy senior year.
I refuse to spend my last year at college stressing out about everything. I will take my life as it comes and solve problems as they arise and really try not to worry about any of them, because in the end all I can do is all I can do.