How to Set (and Achieve!) Goals

on May 6, 2016

Have you thought about your freshman year goals yet? Maybe you haven’t, or maybe your main objective was just finding your classes the first week of school.

Think about what you want to accomplish this year and then get moving to make your dreams a reality. However, keep in mind there’s an art behind the process of goal setting – it’s not as simple as it seems, but we’re here to help you.

Decide What You Want to Achieve


What do you want to accomplish this year? Do you want to get an A grade in a subject you really struggle with? Maintain a 3.5 GPA? Meet at least five new friends? Develop a strong relationship with at least one teacher or coach? Read at least one book a month?

Make it Clear


Be specific – it’s not enough to say you want to get good grades all year. Instead, decide you’ll aim for a 4.0, no grade lower than a B, or any other clear goal. Plans that are too vague don’t give you anything concrete to aim for.

Figure Out What’s Realistic


Sure, we’d love to think you can achieve anything. But some goals are way more than anyone can handle – it’s probably impossible to maintain a 4.0, start AP classes sophomore year, make the varsity soccer team, and be actively involved in four or five other clubs all year.

Set Deadlines and Schedules


The most accomplished people will tell you they set deadlines for their goals or abide by a schedule. Give this a shot. Try waking up 10 minutes early every day to review some math problems. Bring your book with you on the bus to get some extra reading in. Turn off your phone after 8pm to give yourself time to study or give up a few of those Sunday Netflix marathons for a volunteer cause. And if your schedule or deadlines aren’t working for you, you can always change them. Just remember to take a step back and make sure your goals give you some breathing room and space for fun and relaxation. After all, you’ll have earned that downtime!

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