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A few college goals

So, I'm leaving for college in 6 days, (6 DAYS!!!) and naturally being the kind of person that I am, I've been doing some sporadic plan-making. I've already drawn out my schedule three different times, made lists of all the possible course combinations I could ever take, and researched future jobs and internships deep into the night. I don't know why I do these things, but they just sort of happen. So, in addition to all of those lists/ plans, it's only natural that I come up with some college goals, too. Goal-making is always a good idea when starting something new, and this is certainly no exception.


 

 Learn actively, and as much as possible 

I don't know about you, but it high school I often felt like I was learning how to pass tests more than I was gaining lasting knowledge about the world around me. I think I've gotten all of two B's on my report card in my entire life, and yet, I often find myself feeling uneducated and naive. I became a master of memorizing things quickly to pass the test, but forgetting them soon after. I think the difference is, in order to learn actively (and remember it) you've got to think, not just remember. In college, I want to engulf myself in my classes, enjoy them, challenge them, and wonder about them. I want to ask questions and have epiphanies and feel confident in my foundation of knowledge, rather than constantly worrying that everyone will suddenly realize I'm not actually that smart. 


Say "yes" to as much as possible 

 To clarify, I don't mean this in a sketchy, peer-pressure-y type of way. At all. I mean that I want to be unashamedly open to new opportunities, particularly in school, my future career, and blogging. I want to try every new thing that comes my way, even if I doubt I'll be any good at it, or if it's outside of my comfort zone. This philosophy is totally new to me, let's be real. I love to be careful. I love to protect myself from fear and possible shame or embarrassment. I love to do things when I feel absolutely sure, and absolutely prepared. As annoying as it is, though, life doesn't always work that way. Half the time, everyone is faking it, even if they seem like they know what they're doing. Everyone is unsure and unprepared to some degree, and everyone is a little bit scared. So we might as well try anyways, and all look like fools together. That's kind of what college is about, isn't it?

Don't change who you are 

This one's a tad complicated, because I'm sure when I come home from college, even after a year, I'll feel like a slightly different person. And I've written a blog before about how it's totally fine to try and adapt who you are, because that's how you figure out who you want to be. But once I have figured out who I want to be (at least for now), I can't let other people's behaviors and expectations compromise that. I don't want to be pressured into doing (or not doing) things that I genuinely don't want (or want) to do. I don't want to change how I love to dress, or how I love to act, or how I love to spend my time, just because somebody else thinks it's dumb. I don't care how desperate I am to make friends. As painful as it sounds, I'd rather not have any friends and still have myself.
(on a side note... Please, god, let me make some friends ☺︎)

Establish productive and healthy routines 

If you didn't already know, I love the idea of productivity. And an important tool in being productive, is having productive routines. When I go to college, I want to figure out a schedule that works for me and stick to it so I can get as much done as possible. For example: When/where I do my studying, when/how much I sleep, how I spend my time, how I find time to relax, how I stay organized. From what I've seen, college students typically seem frantic, rushed, sleep deprived, and groggy. In all honestly, I'm not sure there's any way to avoid that. But if there is a way to maintain some semblance of control and balance over my life, I'd like to try and find it.


Any other students out there who are going back to school soon?
♡ Julia


 

11 comments

  1. I have been writing out plans almost every day too the past weeks knowing I will be starting my last year of college next year. I hope you can reach your goals!! I always have a hard time with establishing routines.. They say you need 21 days to get into a habit but I can never do something for that long haha!! Hope you manage and have a great school year!!

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    1. Thanks so much, I hope you have a great school year too! Starting school again is always stressful... :/
      And yeah I've heard that about the 21 day thing too! It is an awful long time, haha!
      Thanks for reading!

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  2. Awesome post! It's always good to set goals xo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3irhl9S4Hi4

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  3. Good Luck at College, I agree with your goals, definitely say yes to as much as possible so you have plenty memories to look back on :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. I'm going to try! Thanks so much Rosy :)

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  4. I love how you are already making plans about going to college, it shows how wise and mature you are and that's a good thing. I agree about learning more and beyond just passing exams and handing in assignments. There are too many Malaysian graduates who did that and when they try to enter the workforce, they are completely clueless.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Aw thanks, Shireen! I'm really excited.
      And yeah, I'm definitely going to try to really retain some knowledge. It seems like such a waste to go to college just to pass some more tests. I want to learn as much as I can!

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  5. This is a great mindset for before leaving to college, being organized is really important to mantain your health (especially the mental one). I am starting my fifth year of college this week and my goals are still the same as yours. Sometimes you lose track of them but it's always important to get back. It's great that you are already thinking about learning and not memorizing, because this time people are going to depend on you and the quality of your work is not going to be defined by your grades. I usually sleep well, yet sleep deprivation is unavoidable from time to time, especially when you have those crazy long assignments, teachers also seem to be synched to leave homework at the same time for the same day, that's why we seem to become caffeine addicts for periods of time, haha. I'm a little curious about what you are going to study. Whatever it is I know you are going to do really well, don't lose your motivation and always remember why you are there :) <3

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

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    1. Thanks so much, Cy! Your words mean so much to me :) Yeah I bet I won't always stay on top of these goals, but I think it's good to write some out just to keep going back to. Yeah.. I've heard that sleep deprivation can certainly happen in college, ahah.
      I'm going to double major in dance and communications! A funny combination, I know. Thanks so much for reading, as always! :)

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  6. Hi Julia! This is so exciting! You're going to college soon. My advice is to make sure you are enjoying the process and you are not burning yourself out too much. Learn to balance work and play. Keep with your time management process.

    Best advice someone gave me back then: Do not overthink everything! I used to be so excited like you when I went away to college. I went out -of-state (from SoCal to Portland, Oregon). I planned what I would do, where I would eat, how I would live my life there. Everything changed when I finally got there and met so many great folks. Just enjoy the ride and focus on the goal. Learn as much as you can from both the people around you, your professors, your activities, and your classes.

    I bet this is all so exciting! Wishing you the best!

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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