I've chosen my goals
If you want to become an investigative journalist for the New York Times you will need to take English classes, but you might also want to look at classes in politics, criminal justice, or other social sciences that will give you a broader outlook and a different perspective.
There are other things that you may also want to consider... like gaining experience before you graduate by writing for the Kaleidoscope or securing an internship with your local newspaper.
Other goals will have different requirements, or suggested paths. Don't eliminate everything that's not in the direct path leading to your goal - you never know when it'll be useful!
- Do some research. Look into your goals, and see what you need to get there.
- Make a timeline of your goals and what's needed to get there.
"By March, I want to have achieved X".
- Consider any potential problems.
If your goal requires an advanced degree or training, how will you pay for it? Are there any scholarships/training programs? Do you know someone who could act as a mentor, or who would train you "on the job"?
- Prioritize your goals, and work out if some things need to be done before you can do another. (You can't take Nursing or aim for medical school until you've passed Human Anatomy, for instance.)
- Set deadlines.
- When you reach a goal, no matter how small, cross it off your list! It might be small, but it's satisfying!
Your academic advisor can help you develop a strategy to reach your academic goals. (You can contact your advisor by going to the Student Resources tab in BlazerNET and looking at your Academic Profile. Career Services can help you with both academic and career/vocational goals.
|"A goal that remains only in your mind is just a wish. The path toward turning a wish into a goal starts with writing it down. The simple act of putting the goal on paper immensely increases its likelihood of success. It may seem hard to believe that something so simple can make such a big difference. But once a goal is written down, the mind starts working on ways to make it a reality." (Dara Duguay)|