If you’re serious about going to school, chances are good that you will need to stop and develop the right strategy in order to get in. The last thing that you will want to do is end up going off to college without a single idea of how to success. Let’s face it — college these days isn’t getting any cheaper, which means that it’s even more important to make sure that you actually have the right goals in mind.
What do we mean by “the right goals”? Well, in a nutshell, it’s not just enough to set goals. Yu have to make sure that you set realistic and reasonable goals about college. Far too often students walk into college with a lot of ideas about what they’re actually going to achieve in school, only to find that they really don’t have a lot of ability to get there in the time they want to arrive at their goals. Simply put, if you make goals that are downright impossible to achieve, you will never be able to actually say that you finished college.
Thankfully, there’s another way to go about this than to feel bad that you’re not making the goals that you ultimately want to achieve. The first thing that you will need to think about is trying to get your thoughts down on paper. You should figure out what purpose you actually have for attending school in the first place, giving you the best chances to succeed in the first place. After all, if you don’t know why you’re in school, it can be pretty difficult to make sure that you finish.
From there, you will want to make sure that you connect with people that can actually help you achieve the purpose that you have for attending school. These can include your dorm hall residents and roommates, or it can even go all the way up to your professors. When it comes to your professors, presenting a real plan to get where you want to be is a lot better than sitting down and stammering your way through a 30 minute conversation about your goals. Don’t worry — they will definitely help you, but they need a starting point in order to help you. In other words, you want to make sure that your goals are clear to other people.
For example, it’s not enough just to “get good grades” in college. That’s something that would have been okay in high school, but college is just a different ball game. You don’t want to end up just going through the motions when you could actually be doing so much more. The difference between “get good grades” and “maintain a 3.25 GPA by the end of the semester, achieved by attending tutoring sessions 3 times a week” is that the latter goal is very specific. It not only sets out what you want, but it also points out what you will need to do in order to get where you want to be.
It cannot be stressed enough: setting realistic goals is very important. You will need to make sure that you’re actually keeping a proper schedule and setting the right goals. From there, everything else is possible!