Congratulations, you have successfully completed your first semester of college, and now it’s onto the next one! By now, you probably have the hang of this college thing, but it’s never too late to set new goals for yourself, especially at the beginning of a whole new year! 2016 will be great—make sure it’s the best year yet by setting realistic goals for yourself for the coming semester and year.
I currently only have two semesters left to go before I walk across the stage and enter the real world, but I still take time to set up realistic goals for each new semester. Here are some that might be beneficial for you to follow when starting your second semester of college:
1. Aim for a higher GPA than last semester
Even if it’s only by one grade, let’s say you got 2 A’s and 3 B’s last semester, aim for at least 3 A’s and 2 B’s. Small wins can get you far when it comes to being successful in college.
2. Join an organization out of your comfort zone
Or just one you have been interested in, but too afraid or busy to try. There are TONS of great organizations on campus, and you never know when you could walk into a meeting that could potentially change your life. Joining new student organizations is a great way to meet new people and learn more about what career you hope to pursue. Start 2016 off right with a new adventure!
3. Eat healthy
This is always a hard one for me, especially when I leave home where my mom cooks me balanced meals every night, and have to go back to my small apartment where I fend for myself when it comes to food. Even if it’s just aiming to drink more water or eat more vegetables, try to find small ways to be healthier this semester.
4. Start your internship search
I know I already advised you to start looking for internships during your first semester, but if you haven’t done so, I would definitely start. Most fall internships are currently looking for applications, so get out there and look. Get in touch with your advisor or hunt down positions on student organization executive boards, you never know what you might find!
5. Be more organized
If you don’t already have one, grab a user-friendly planner. And if you do use a planner, find ways to use it more efficiently and get your assignments in on time.
6. Keep a journal
I was never really good at writing in a journal, but when I started college I made a point to start writing down some of my experiences and feelings. Even just looking back on my freshman year, it’s fun to see how dramatic I was or to relive some experiences I might have forgotten. Barnes & Nobel, Target, and Marshalls have some really cute journals, so go grab one and get writing!
Like I said, these are just some guidelines for where to get started. Sit down before classes start and write a few resolutions for this coming semester. Good luck, study hard, and have fun!