Since this is the last week of the fall semester, it’s time for a final update on the goals I set.
Goals for Employment
- Apply for entry-level jobs in marketing. So far, I think my total applied-for jobs is at 21 or 22. Pretty respectable. I’ve only gotten calls back from the companies I’m not really excited about, but that’s okay. I’ll keep applying, and I’ve got backup plans and internship applications going as well. Hopefully winter break will give me time to make good progress on this.
- Utilize university resources. I took personality assessments, went to a few workshops, and am looking into an entrepreneurship competition for the spring. I definitely could have done more with this one, but I think with this goal in mind I participated in more than I would have otherwise.
Goals for Extracurriculars
- Video Production Team: Work at least one game per sport. So far we’ve only been covering soccer, volleyball, and basketball, and I’ve worked multiple games of each. I may not be the best at graphics or being a camera man, and my size has definitely held me back some — it’s hard to shoulder a camera for 3 hours when the camera is as big as your torso. However, this is honestly one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I’m excited to work all the basketball games over break.
- COB Ambassadors: Work one event a month. I think I’ve made this goal, but just barely. Somehow big events always landed on Tuesday or Thursday, when I have classes literally all day. Next semester should be better, since I’ll only be taking 15 hours of classes.
- COB Ambassadors: Project manage one event before graduation. At this point, I don’t know if there will be time for me to both shadow a project manager and also project manage my own event. Co-managing may be a better option, but I’ll just have to wait till next semester to see what all will be going on.
Goals for Daily Life
- Don’t add unnecessary stress. Really the only stress I’ve had this semester have been over things that were out of my control. Apart from a few random incidents, I haven’t worked myself up about much, and I’m trying to let go of the things I can’t change. My focus this week will be on projects anyway, so I won’t be giving attention to much else.
- Cut back on buying coffee. So, this hasn’t happened. At all. I have, however, tried to be smart about my spending — I use a punch card at the local coffee shop and use a reloadable card at Starbucks so at least I get a bit of a reward for the money I spend. I’ve also been making coffee at home regularly. If I try to cut back again, I’ll definitely need to set a specific dollar amount per month. I try to stick to a set amount mentally, but having it in writing will help.
- Make time for friends. Honestly, this hasn’t gone super well. Five group projects have taken up a lot of my time the past month, and everyone else is busy as well. We have planned a group outing for after finals, though, so hopefully we can make that work. And I hope to see some of my older friends when I’m home over break!
- Make time for myself. Seeing as how I’ve had the time to begin posting regularly here, this has been a resounding success. This is more due to my classes being easier (or me slacking on them?) than to any brilliant time management on my part, but I’m definitely thankful nonetheless! I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this blog as a creative outlet.
And my overall goal for the semester:
- Enjoy senior year. This is a definite yes. There have been annoying frustrating things, obviously, because that’s how life is. But I’m enjoying planning for the next step in life, and I’m really, really looking forward to what’s next.
In about a week, I’ll have only six months between me and graduation. It’s a little stressful to think that between now and then, I’ll have to find a job (crossed fingers!), and a new living situation, and I’ll truly be out on my own for the first time. But honestly, I am more than ready. This semester has definitely been good, and I’m just looking forward to what’s next. Plus, I already have ideas for goals I want to accomplish in the new year.
Also, I just want to give a shout out to everyone who has been reading my blog. Even though I’ve been blogging since 2012, I’ve only really completely dived in since June, and I have loved all the feedback I’ve gotten! I genuinely appreciate everyone who has read, liked, and commented on the thoughts that run through my head. So thank you all, and have a great weekend!