It’s almost exactly a month since I posted my original goal list for this fall. Time to look back at the past month and see how I did!
Goals for Employment
- Apply for entry-level jobs in marketing. As of today, I have applied for 6 and either been rejected or have not heard back yet from any. I’m also planning on attending the COB-specific fair in November. (I was going to go to the university wide one this past week, but made a bunch of excuses to myself and didn’t and then regretted it very much. Don’t be like me.) I’m also looking into real estate licensing, and have been contacting a few people back and forth about that. At this point, I am not really expecting anything serious, but I am taking a JK Rowling-esque approach and trying to be proud of every rejection, because that means I stretched myself by applying. Also, I’ve decided my job search motto is “Why not?” (Should have reminded myself of that the day of the career fair.)
- Utilize university resources. Check! I took our online aptitude test. If you’re curious, I’m an ISTJ; my interests are 1) project-based, 2) research-based, and 3) process-based; and my workplace values are 1) independence, 2) achievement, and 3) relationships.
Goals for Extracurriculars
- Video Production Team: Work at least one game per sport. By the time this is published, I will have worked soccer and volleyball. Soon basketball will be starting, and I’m really excited about that!
- COB Ambassadors: Work one event a month. So far, I have attended lot of meetings and helped with a photo shoot (by being a model — just call me Gigi Hadid). I also spent my Saturday helping with a Majors Fair for Preview Day and with the president’s tent at the football game. There will continue to be events going on so I’m going to keep taking advantage!
- COB Ambassadors: project manage one project before graduation. I now have a document with the basic project management process, and I know I can shadow/help out someone else who has managed before. Hopefully I can do this before this semester ends so I’ll have enough experience to actually project manage next semester.
Goals for Daily Life
- Don’t add unnecessary stress. This has actually been going well. I’ve caught myself a couple times getting overly irritated with classmates or group members, and have been able to take a moment and let it go. But it doesn’t hurt that this year has been one of the lightest homework loads I’ve ever had. (How does this happen senior year?? I shouldn’t question it.)
- Cut back on buying coffee. Seeing as how I’ve bought coffee roughly once a week since school has started (if not more), this is not really going great. However, I am watching my budget pretty closely, and usually order pretty cheap drinks. I also try to make myself coffee in the morning so I won’t buy any later in the day, and I take advantage of rewards programs so at least I’m getting a little back from all the money I’m spending.
- Make time for friends. If I had re-read this list thirty minutes earlier on the day I wrote this, I probably wouldn’t have missed the start of a get-together I was invited to. But by that time I was in full-on hermit mode, so there was no going back! I haven’t gone full-on hermit mode for a full weekend yet, though, so there’s that. Go me?
- Make time for myself. Check! I’ve had time to blog a lot, and that pretty much covers that. I wish I had a little more time to read, but I’ll take what I can get.
And then, my be-all, end-all goal:
- Enjoy senior year. So far, yes. I am really into everything I’m a part of, and I even like most of my classes. I’m having a good time hanging out with friends (when I do that, anyway) and the boyfriend, and the cut-out-unnecessary-stress thing has helped tremendously.
Overall, I’m doing really well so far. This might point to my goals being well-chosen (attainable, realistic, etc) or it could point to life just being easy right now. Either way, I will take it.