Fall Semester Goals Revisited + What I’m Looking Forward To In 2018

Fall Semester Goals Revisited + What I'm Looking Forward To In 2018

I just submitted my last assignment of the semester and all I can say is I AM FINALLY DONE WITH FALL 2017. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I pretty much left campus without looking back even once. Okay, maybe just once because I couldn’t remember if I had forgotten my room key in my dorm, but yeah, didn’t look back once. This semester was super packed for me—I was taking seven classes, was (and still am) on the e-board of my club, got a blog post up every week, worked a part-time job, and assisted with the sports broadcast on campus. I was exhausted like I have never been before, and this was the most I’ve ever wanted to give up on anything (and y’all know I don’t go down without a fight!). But I made it, and I can’t even begin to tell you how freakin’ happy I am.

At the end of last semester, I wrote a post on Things I Learned And My Goals For The Fall Semester, a.k.a. this semester I just had. So I decided to revisit that list by reflecting and checking off whatever I accomplished and scolding myself thoroughly for anything I didn’t. Just kidding. About the scolding part. I’ll probably just keep those unachieved goals on the back-burner for next time.

And, in the spirit of the upcoming new year, I’m also going to do a “what I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year” type of thing, too, so you can see what I’m planning and maybe even help me make more plans because nothing’s really set in stone and I’m always up for new plans. So let’s begin, shall we?

My goals for fall 2017…

1. Go to the gym six days per week. NOPE.

Weeeeeeeeell….

I started the semester off doing this, and for two or three weeks, I actually made it work and adapted my routines to suit my schedule—going in the mornings before class, going at night after class, squeezing in some time in between, yada, yada, yada. But then things got crazy and there was a time when I didn’t go for almost two weeks straight. Luckily, I picked things back up in the final month of the semester when I’d start exercising in my dorm room everyday if I didn’t have the time or if it was too cold to walk to the gym. I actually found that I love doing dorm room workouts and even wrote an article about it.

2. Get my bartending certificate. CHECK.

I finally signed up for the bartending class I’ve been meaning to take, and I got my certificate in bartending and mixology!!! The timing was perfect, too, since my school decided it would be a fun idea to cut a program that brings in lots and lots of money every semester because there’s always a mile-long waitlist for it. So, I was part of the last graduating class for bartending. I don’t think I’m going to use it to work at a bar, but I’m glad I now have the knowledge and know a little bit more about alcohol.

3. Make more new friends in my classes. CHECK. 

This semester, I got to know some really cool people in the classes I took, specifically in my photography class, and she made everything so much more fun. And, I got closer to people I’ve had classes with in the past but never really spoke to, so that counts too, I think.

Related: 10 Secrets For Making New Friends In College

4. Keep posting at least twice per week. CHECK? 

Well, there were times when I did post on this here blog twice a week, and there were other times when once a week was as good as I’d get for the time being. I definitely think that planning out my content better would have really helped that process, but what it really came down to for me was having the time to dedicate to planning. Hopefully, I’ll be able to stay on top of this better next semester, though!

5. Get straight A’s. SO FAR, SO GOOD. 

Not all my grades have gone up yet, but so far the ones that did get posted are A’s. I definitely think I worked really hard in all my classes and earned whatever grades I receive, so whatever they are I think I’ll be pretty satisfied. By the way, I have a post that teaches you exactly How To Get A’s In Your Classes, if you’re interested in taking a look. 😉

6. Attend every football game at my school. DEFINITELY NOT. 

I literally hung my head in shame when I read this one from last semester’s post. I love college sports (even if I don’t understand them) and attending football games was one of the things I was most excited about for the fall semester. Unfortunately, I had to go home on almost every weekend there was a game being played, and my schedule just didn’t work out with everything. Super upsetting since I probably won’t get another chance to go to a college game, unless I attend one as an alumna (but I’d have to pay for a ticket…). Moral of the story: take advantage of the free games while you’re still in college, even if you aren’t into sports.

7. Work for the athletics department. NOPE. 

So, I applied for a marketing internship with the athletics department at my school and I GOT IT. Buuuuuuut the position expectations ended up not aligning with what I wanted to do, and I didn’t think I could dedicate time and energy to something I wouldn’t put my whole heart into. Looking back, with the semester I had, I probably would’ve had to given up sleep for good if I had taken this position! So I guess this ended up being a win for me anyway.

8. Actually use my financial tracker. HELL (KINDA) YEAH. 

I started off using my tracker, then not using, then for an experiment I had to track every dime I spent for an entire month, and afterward I really became obsessed with tracking my spending. Like, writing down the amount of money I spend on an iced latte actually gives me comfort now. I really like doing it, and it’s important for post-grad life since one of my friends warned me about financial stability after college. And, I was gifted a beautiful budget planner from my college suite Secret Santa, so I’m super excited to use that.

9. Start building good credit. CHECK. 

I finally got my own credit card this semester, and while I have been using it quite a bit recently, I’ve been really good about tracking what I spend and paying everything off. Credit cards are so daunting, but it’s definitely better to start building good credit now and not when you’re ready to rent an apartment that you hope to move into by next week.

10. Decorate my room really nicely. SURE. 

Okay, I didn’t go as overboard with the decor as I thought I would, but my dorm looks cozy at least! My faux fur throw on my bed adds the perfect comfy texture, and I have a decal of the world map adding to some of the black and white aesthetic. And of course, you can never go wrong with a wall of sunglasses and pretty looking perfume bottles on your desk. Maybe next semester I can up my game a little, but this semester was good enough to pass.

What I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year…

1. Spring Break 2018.

This will be the FIRST spring break that I actually do something besides chill at home—I swear on my middle school goth self’s grave. I’m planning a trip to Florida with my friends, so we’re excited to have everything mostly worked out by the end of January. Last spring break, let’s go!

2. HerConference and College Fashion Week.

I have been attending HerConference for the last two years and I’ve had positive experiences both times. I’m always excited to go, and now I can get excited for College Fashion Week, too. I attended for the first time this year and I had an AMAZING time. I got to attend as a VIP and had access to so many amazing free goodies and activities, and got to get really good seats before the show! Plus, I got to bring a friend and everything was so fabulous! Definitely looking forward to the 2018 show.

3. The BlogHer conference.

I’ve never been to this conference but it’s one of the biggest ones in the world, and people come from all over the world to attend it. It’s located in Florida, so it would also be a chance for me to travel. I know the tickets are usually expensive, but hopefully I can swing it this year an end up going.

4. Getting my book off the ground.

You know that book I briefly mentioned I wanted to publish this year? Yeah, it’s still a work in progress. An by work in progress I mean, I have half of one chapter complete. Slow and steady, right?

5. Graduating!

I’m finally about to be out of college! I’m so excited for the dress shopping, the graduation photoshoots, and the walking across the stage for a fake diploma thing. After May 2018, I’m going to be an actual adult and hopefully I’ll have a job or internship or some type of gig lined up.

So that’s my post! I know it was insanely long, but if you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! And thanks for sticking with me throughout this whole journey. In case you’re wondering what’s going to happen to my college blog when I’m no longer in college, it’s still going to be right here! I would abandon you like that, after all. I hope you’re as excited for 2018 as I am!

What’s your favorite memory from this semester? 

6 Things I Learned This Semester + Fall Goals

10 Things I Learned This Semester + Fall Goals

Last week, I concluded my junior year of college. My spring semester was insanely busy and full of stress, but thankfully that part is over. It’s so crazy to think that I only have one more year to do all the awesome, unique, fun shit that’ll be way harder to do after I graduate. It feels like I just discovered everything I was missing out on because I always played it safe and didn’t want to venture out of my comfort zone, and I’m kind of sad about that. But, I’m still really determined to learn from everything I went through over these last five months. The funny, upsetting, aggravating, and unique memories all surfaced at once, so I decided to write this post. And because I’m lowkey excited for the fall semester to start already even though I’ve only been home for four days, I also included some of the goals that I have for next semester. First off, here are the lessons I learned:

1. Some of the best experiences are the ones that happen spontaneously.

I know, this is one is a cliche but it was proven true for me over and over again this semester. I’m a very meticulous planner, and I don’t like straying from my schedule, but there were a couple of times when I randomly decided to do things, like make a quick stop at the beach to catch the sunset with my friends, and I always had so much fun. I have so many cool pictures from photoshoots and so many cool memories that I wouldn’t have if I stayed in my room bored out of my mind doing homework. Now I can’t tell if I’m still a crazy planner person or if I’m more go-with-the-flow. Is it possible to be a mixture of both?? What if I’m taking one of those personality tests and I can only pick one?? Maybe I’ll answer this question next semester…

2. Simply wanting something isn’t enough.

I always say I have an idea for doing something and then I rarely act on it. During the fall semester, I thought it would be cool to study abroad somewhere before I graduate, except it wasn’t going to keep on being just a thought for me. I took the necessary steps to learn more about the programs offered, talked to my parents about it, and did all the planning and research I could do for my study abroad experience (which turned out awesome!!) This semester, there were a lot of moments when I thought things like, wouldn’t it be so cool to have a fashion internship in Boston? I’d love to finally check out that ice cream shop everyone’s crazy about. Did I try to apply to said fashion internship? Did I make plans to visit said ice cream shop? No, and no. Sure, there will probably be more times when doing something turns out to be just a passing thought, but the next time I really want something, I’m going to put in the effort to plan for it so I can make it a reality.

By the way, if you’re thinking about studying abroad, check out my post on things to consider before you apply!

3. Having a good attitude will attract good people your way.

How you carry yourself is how people will see you — and remember you! This semester, my roommate told me that she remembers getting good vibes from me when we first met. We met for 15 minutes more than a year ago and she remembered me and liked me enough to want to be my roommate this year. This semester, one of my closest friends (who just graduated and is going to medical school!!) told me that he remembers first seeing me at a meeting for an organization we were both involved in, and he thought I seemed cool so he decided to talk to me. It felt so nice to hear that peoples’ first impressions of me were really good ones, but it was still a wakeup call to the fact that in the same way that you can be judged for the good things people see, you can also be judged for the not so good things people see.

If you think you’re doing a good job hiding the fact that you’re pissed about something, you’re probably not; someone is bound to notice and it may turn them off from you. Being more aware of this will definitely help me think about how my attitude affects the decisions I make and how I carry myself.

4. If you have even the tiniest feeling that you might regret not doing something, you probably will.

I think the only thing worse than regrets about the things we did are regrets about the things we didn’t do. Holy wow, I need to put that on a shirt or something. Anyway, ever since I applied to live my dreams of studying abroad in a foreign country, I decided to live by a new life philosophy: If you’re saying no because you can’t afford it or don’t have time for it, you’re probably holding yourself back. A tinge of fear or a love for being too comfortable is no longer an excuse for me to not do something. Five years from now, will I remember the time I sat inside in the air conditioning on a hot day, or will I remember the time I drove from New York to California with my best friend?

5. Sometimes great experiences are worth spending some money on.

Was studying abroad expensive? Hell yeah. Would I want to do it again if I had the money? Definitely. I’m probably biased but I think that any travel experience is well worth the money. You get exposed to something new, you learn a lot, and you make so many new memories. This can also be applied to attending a ceremony or conference you’ve wanted to attend for a long time, or signing up for a workshop you think is really cool.

Related: How To Be Money Smart While Traveling Abroad

6. But I also spend money frivolously sometimes…

I sometimes think I spend too much money, even when I think I’m buying something I really need. I sometimes forget that I should save my money for something that I really want, and then I feel bad once it’s spent. I’m definitely gonna work on this, though. If you’re in the same boat as me, be sure to check out my tips on how to save money in college.

Goals for next semester…

1. Go to the gym six days per week.

Towards the end of the semester, I got into the habit of attending the gym almost everyday. It was great because I was able to make some progress towards my fitness goals, I felt healthier, and it was something fun to do with my friends. Of course, there were some times when I didn’t feel like going because the weather was really bad and it was a long walk from the gym to my room. But next semester, my residence hall will LITERALLY be a three-minute walk to the rec center, so I don’t plan on making excuses for not going to the gym.

2.  Get my bartending certificate.

My college offers a bartending class (not for credit) that you can pay extra for. It’s a semester-long thing and in the end you can receive your bartending certificate. I’m not a drinker and I don’t know much about alcohol but I hope to use this class to learn more about mixing drinks and the unique qualities of each.

3. Make more friends in my new classes.

Friendships played a very important role in making this semester a successful one for me. So, I hope to keep the new friendships I formed strong and create more. At my college, there are so few journalism majors that it’s easy to walk away at least knowing everyone’s names. I hope to get closer to some of the journalism majors I didn’t get to talk to much in the spring. I also hope to make more non-journalism friends, too, which may be a little harder because I don’t have classes with them but we’ll see how it goes.

4. Keep posting at least twice per week.

Maintaining my blog got really difficult this semester because I was dealing with a class that ate up so much of my time, it was a miracle if I got two hours of sleep some nights. But, I made it through. There wasn’t a single week where I didn’t post, and I’m really proud of myself for that. I love blogging and getting to share things with you all on this site, so I definitely hope to keep doing that next semester.

5. Get straight A’s.

Getting A’s in your classes is such a great feeling. Grades aren’t everything, but sometimes seeing an A on your transcript for a class you know you really worked your ass off in can really be encouraging. I hope I can get those straight A’s, though it will definitely be difficult, more so than it was this semester. There were times when my brain was so fried that I couldn’t concentrate, but hopefully this summer will be a chance to get back on track and get focused for the fall.

6. Attend every football game at my school.

I’m not a huge football fan because I don’t understand the game sometimes, but I am a huge fan of college athletics. I love getting dressed up in red and going out to cheer on our teams while listening to the band, and possibly catching a t-shirt mid-flight. Football is huge at my college, and of course, so is homecoming, but everyone goes to homecoming. It’s gonna be my last semester getting to be a Seawolves Football fan unless I come back to visit as an alumna, so I hope to make the most of the season.

7. Work for the athletics department. 

Working for the athletics department is something I’ve always wanted to do. I adore our mascot so much that I even wanted to be the mascot when I was a freshman, but alas, I am far too short for the position. There was an excellent opportunity with the football team that would be perfect for strengthening my video editing skills, but the timing doesn’t work with my schedule, so I’m going to have to keep my fingers crossed for another upcoming position.

8. Actually use my financial tracker.

I made a financial tracker in my bullet journal last year and used it all of two times. I mentioned that I may have had a money spending problem this semester, so in the fall I hope to actually use my tracker to stay on top of my spending.

9. Start building good credit. 

While we’re on this real-talk, adulting thing, I might as well throw this one in there. Moment of truth: I don’t have my own credit card yet. *gasp* At least not one that’s completely my responsibility. I don’t use cards often at all because I probably wouldn’t be able to stop spending if I did. But I do want to start building good credit because I don’t know where I’ll be a year from now. I could be living at home with my parents; I could be on the hunt for an apartment in another state; I could be on the hunt for an apartment in another country. Good credit is important for many adult decisions and things, so better late than never, right?

10. Decorate my room really nicely. 

It’s my last fall semester in a dorm room, so I want to go all out with decorating. Well, not exactly all out. For my internship last summer, I wrote an article about two college girls who basically turned their dorm room into what I imagine a room in a palace would look like — I’ve never walked inside a palace, so I wouldn’t know for sure. Their room is goals AF but I doubt I can get on that level, but I still hope to create something that’s even half as enviable!

Thanks for reading this almost 2,000-word post! What are your goals for next semester?