College Goals: Junior Year

LIFESTYLE | August 12, 2015
Tagged: Health + Wellness

I'm start my junior year of college in exactly one week from today. WHAT. College passes so much quicker than high school did, and I can't believe I'm halfway through already. I wouldn't exactly say I'm excited for school to start back, but I feel as if I'm more motivated for this semester than I have been for any other. This semester is my first as a marketing major with a concentration in e-commerce (I was previously a computer science major) and as soon as I signed up for my classes, I felt like this major is the one that's for me. To continuously motivate me through the next several months, I've decided to compile a list of goals I want to accomplish for the school year.

1. Be more social

It's my junior year of college, and as I look back, I don't feel as satisfied with my experiences as I would like to be. I don't feel connected to my school or the people in it. Sure, I have a couple friends in classes, but not really anyone that I might hang out with outside of school multiple times. So this year, I'm going to push myself to step outside of my comfort zone and really try to make friends, not just acquaintances. Hey, I might even join a club.

2. Ask questions

When I don't understand something in class or I didn't catch what the teacher said, I never ask questions. I'm always hoping someone else is in my shoes and will just ask so I don't have to. And if they don't, then I'm just out of luck. I always think I'll look stupid or look like I wasn't paying attention if I ask a professor to repeat material. But you know what? So what if I look dumb or I'm declared that annoying girl that always has her hand raised? I'm paying a lot of money for this education, and I should be more focused on getting the most out of it rather than if my peers are judging me.

3. Hang around

This one will probably be the toughest for me because college brings out the worst of my antisocial tendencies. I'm a very scheduled person and spontaneity does not come easily to me. Little conversations here and there with classmates don't bother me much because there is usually a designated beginning and end to talking to a stranger. However, if I just have to go to the bookstore or even eat lunch, I have to mentally plan it ahead of time. I know, it's kind of sad. Therefore, sticking around on campus just to explore by myself or participate in a non-classroom environment and not rushing home as soon as class is over makes me anxious, but I'm determined to overcome that this year.

4. Talk on the first day

I'm one of those people that if I don't talk the first day of class, I'll be shy the rest of the semester. I always feel as if I'll be declared the "quiet one" and then I'm not allowed to join in conversations. And while I sit here, writing this, I realize how much I'm stuck in my own head and how truly silly that sounds.

What are your goals for the upcoming school year?

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