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

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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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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