4 Goals To Set For A New High School Or College Year

4 Great Goals To Set For The Upcoming School Year, College, High School Or Otherwise

Regardless of whether you're in high school or college, here are some great goals to set to keep you motivated for the long year to come.


People will tell you that school will be the least of your problems in the long run, and while that may be true, it doesn't reduce any of the maddening stress that can come with education. One easy solution to managing the chaos is to compartmentalize your goals as a student.

1. Work on keeping a positive outlook!

Negativity is a slippery slope that is easy to find yourself falling down. It's easy to get into the habit of only seeing the bad parts of school — numerous deadlines, difficult homework, nerve-wrecking classroom speeches — anything that can really dampen our days. We often find ourselves overlooking the fact that we caught lunch with friends, got a good grade on a difficult project, or even just managed to get more than seven hours of sleep.

By no means am I trying to imply that anyone pretends just to be happy. Expressing your emotions is incredibly important to good mental health. It's a completely different matter to wallow in the bad aspects of one's day.

2. Set a standard for yourself!

Growing up my parents were heavily involved with my education and always pushed me to strive for the best grades possible. It's largely because of them that I care so much about making the Dean's List or keeping my GPA upwards of 3.5. This drive is something that they, nor myself, have given up even after I entered college. It's only after my first year of college that I realized how important it was to meet my own academic standard. I heard COUNTLESS students discuss, either seriously or jokingly, how "D's get degrees," or "I just need a C," and it quite honestly disheartened me.

Given that, in America at least, we've got to pay for our education in one way or another. It doesn't make sense to spend thousands of dollars on schooling or dual credit classes, and just go in to do the bare minimum or simply wing it.

When you set a goal for yourself, there are better odds that you'll make small efforts to make your goal. Maybe you pay more attention in class, work harder on assignments, etcetera, but odds are you won't make those changes until you've set a goal for yourself to reach or exceed. By no means should your goal be an A+ or 4.0, your goal should be tailored to you, your abilities, and be set to something that you can strive for without making yourself stressed out.

3. Try to join a new group!

Not all school-related goals have to be centered around letter grades or your GPA, it's important to try and improve all aspects of yourself in reasonable ways, and if you're anything like me then you could benefit from practicing simple socialization. Whether its a study group, student council, yearbook, or even just joining your college's own Odessey team, joining any one'sgroup can help you improve your people skills, public speaking, dedication to others, and plenty of other skills that are more closely linked to the group you plan on joining.

Furthermore, joining just about any group is something that's great to put on your resume or simply add some excitement into your afterschool life.

4. Get and Stay Organized!

This goal is extremely straightforward, and honestly, is the most attainable goal you could ever set. It could be your schoolwork or your dorm or bedroom. The latter is especially nice because then you don't have to feel like a doofus when your roommate brings over a friend and your side of the room looks like a hot mess — not that I'd know what that feels like!

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.

College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Trying to figure out what to do in life.


I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]

[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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