So, we’re about a month into the year. How have I done so far on my goals for this semester?
- Be intentional about communicating with others, especially roommates. Well, so far my roommates and I have had zero problems — mainly because none of us are ever around. We pass each other like ships in the night and when we happen to be home at the same time we do our own thing. Honestly, that’s how I like it. In my experience being friends with your roommates just creates more problems than it’s worth.
- Get physically stronger. I worked out a few times the very first week of school, but I underestimated how packed my weeks would be. I don’t have Friday classes, so all my classes are squeezed into Monday-Thursday, and Friday I have meetings and also try to knock out as much homework as possible. So this is not going great. However, a couple friends and I went to a beginner ballet class on Monday night, and we might try to continue, because it was fun and a great workout.
- Find ways to support causes I believe in. Well, due to time constraints, I haven’t looked at this at all. However, my capstone project for my Spanish degree has to do with immigration, and that’s something I care about, so that kind of counts.
- Read more non-white authors. Because of the nature of my capstone project, I’ll be reading a lot of Latino authors. Check out my Goodreads shelf to see what exactly I’ll be reading. I may not be able to get to all of these for my project, but I do hope to read all of them eventually whether or not I use them.
- Food: continue cooking at least once a week; stick to ~$15 a month on coffee. The boyfriend and I have cooked a ton, it feels like. There have only been a couple nights so far where I’ve grabbed a single-serve microwave meal from the freezer. Otherwise, we’ve made a couple simple ready-to-cook Asian meals, and I’ve home-cooked chicken fettucine Alfredo, Costa Rican-esque rice and beans, banana bread, Red Lobster bread (like the rolls, but in bread form), and simple spaghetti and meat sauce. (See very professional iPhone photos below!) It’s all simple food, but it’s always a victory to cook instead of warming something up, and then I have leftovers to eat for lunch. As for coffee, I only spent $11.17 this month (not including creamer and coffee I keep at home, of course — those are grocery purchases). Go me!
- COB Ambassadors: Try to help project manage an event. I think this is definitely going to be possible this semester. We have a new organization president this semester, and during our first meeting she had us all fill out an anonymous survey about what is and isn’t working in the program. From that, she specifically wants project managers who have never project managed before, which I haven’t. Last semester, everyone who had done it before would immediately volunteer for the positions, but now more preference will be given to those who haven’t done it yet, so I should get a chance to. Yay!
- Apply to ~5 jobs a month. Well, I applied to several all at once last weekend, but I’m not really expecting any responses. I decided to see what Career Services had to say about my resume before I apply to any more, so I’ll be giving that an overhaul. I love and hate resumes, y’all. They’re so beautiful and neat and organized, but it’s so hard to get them to where they really show off your relevant skills and interests. I know I would be a good candidate for many jobs, but a lot of the things that make me a good worker are soft skills. I really have to work to show how my class projects and previous work experience will translate into me being an asset for a company.
I have these goals written on my desk calendar, and I didn’t think I was doing quite as well as I am on them. So this has been a bit of a mood boost and motivator all at once. And that’s exactly what goal setting is supposed to do in the first place. Here’s to February.