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10 Of My Goals For Spring Semester Of College

Following goals can make a college semester run more smoothly.


I just finished my first semester of college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wow, it felt like a whole year flew by during fall semester, but my freshman year journey is not over. Spring semester is beginning soon and I have come up with 10 goals that I hope to achieve. Many of you may relate in achieving some of these goals too.

1. Have a good sleeping schedule 


This semester, I decided to challenge myself and have 9 a.m. classes every day. Is it gonna be hard? Of course! But it is not impossible. That means that I need to manage a good sleeping schedule so I can wake up and seize the day.

2. Study smarter, not harder 

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Partying was my thing back in fall semester, and I was able to earn good grades by the end because of a perfect balance between partying and studying. While partying is fun, it kinda dies down. So, I plan to party once in a while so I can try new things for my weekends.

3. Go to more sporting events 


Showing school spirit and attending more sporting events is a must! It is a great way to socialize and cheer on my school! I plan to bring my school pride and a foam finger to the upcoming sporting events in the semester.

4. Manage my spending habits 


Whether it is my cafe credits or own money in my debit card, I need to reduce my constant spending. Money should be saved because it will come in handy one day. Am I wrong?

5. Keep up with world news 


Though college consists of heavy course loads, it is important to keep up with the news that is going on in the world. I hope to keep up-to-date with current events this semester.

6. Continue to drink coffee 

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I think this is gonna be a thing for all my semesters in college. It helps get me through the day. So yeah, more coffee it is!

7. Make downtime to have fun 


It is important to make time to have fun throughout the semester. For me, this can be accomplished through partying, attending a concert, watching movies in the dorm with friends, going out to eat, and more.

8. Hit up the gym 

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Back in the fall semester, going to the gym was a rare thing for me. Now that spring semester is here, I will use on-campus gyms to help me stay in shape and experience healthy living. Going twice a week should be a good start.

9. Be organized 

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Organization is the key to success, so I plan for this semester to be consistent with my planner. Also, I'm going to focus on utilizing a dry erase board to mark important events and deadlines will make my life way easier.

10. Enjoy this semester just like the last one 


This should be for every semester. Work hard and make the most of it because the college experience is meant to be unforgettable.

This is semester that will lead to the conclusion of my freshman year. I hope to maintain a good GPA, have healthy relationships, be well rested, and have fun.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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