Wednesday, 1 November 2017

An Update On My University Goals


Right before the start of the semester I published this post with all the goals and things I wanted to achieve in my first semester back after my year abroad. It was such a good way for me to think about what was important to me and where I wanted to focus my attention. I knew it was going to be hard trying to slot back in to university life, but I don't think I was quite prepared for how challenging it really was. Everyone has moved on and you are the one coming back and having to work around that and try and fit in. Friendship groups have changed and evolved and especially now everyone else is in their final year and I still have two to go, it's hard not to compare yourself to them and focus on your own work at your own pace.

Now we are just over halfway through the semester, I thought I would have a little look back at the goals I set myself and see how well I have gotten on with some of them and the ones I still need to work a little bit harder on. Trying to focus on my own goals has really helped me find a bit more balance in my university life and I definitely feel my work improving because of it.

Don't leave anything till the night before: Surprisingly (most surprising to myself really) I have managed this! I have a little work groove going on, where I seem to be able to work 9/10-5 Mon-Fri and then one day at the weekend. This has really helped me get into a routine, where I know that Fridays are usually the best day for me to do my history reading, translations are going to take 3-4 hours so I need to leave plenty of time for that and I always need half an hour on a Monday to go over the new German vocab I've picked up for class the next day. I have kind of *fingers crossed* got my weekly work balance sorted. Until someone adds in coursework that is. Thankfully I have received feedback on one submitted piece and it was the confidence boost I needed to keep working hard. I have such a busy few weeks coming up with deadlines, but for now, this week I am going to enjoy my working routine and keep on top of everything.

Keep a balanced diet: Again, the post library chicken nuggets seem to be a thing of the past. That is probably because I've cut out late night library sessions in favour of relaxing in the evenings with a cup of tea and a book, but I have kept up with my goal of trying new recipes and incorporating more fruit and vegetables into my diet. I even made a steak pie. So proud.

Staying FOMO free: Whilst I was in Germany I wrote a post FOMO and again I am happy to report that I have turned down a few nights out that I really didn't need to/wanted to go on. With the sports night out falling on a Wednesday, my 9am Thursday tutorial does act as a bit of a deterrent, but in contrast to my first and second years where I would go out anyway and deal with the consequences, I feel like this semester I have really prioritised myself and my health and work.

I haven't really used my journals and diaries to their full potential but I have found the one that works for me so I'm happy with that. I have one weekly diary where I can write any events or things I simply must do and one blank to do list which I can fill out whenever I have a busy day.

Attend more events: Whilst I have been turning down nights out, I have been trying to go to more casual events, do some networking and make new friends. I went to a German Society social where I got to chat for an hour to some 'real' Germans and it gave me a bit of a confidence boost, being the longest I have been able to speak to a native speaker since I left Germany in May.

Ahh the Internship. The one goal I haven't cracked. If I'm being honest, it is totally overwhelming. I have so many ideas of areas which I *think* I would like to work in but I still haven't actually applied to anything. I have found a couple which did excite me and lead to a solid hour of exploring company websites and profiles, so all I need now is the confidence to actually press submit.

Looking back at the goals I set myself I am really proud that despite how difficult it has been I have actually managed to do well in pretty much all the things I wanted to achieve. Writing them out in a blog post definitely helped me visualise them more clearly and I hope it has given you a bit of inspiration to maybe do the same.

Did you set yourself any goals at the start of the semester? Or even the start of the year? How are you getting on with them. I love reading other goals orientated posts for inspiration so please leave me links to any in the comments!


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  1. Sounds like you are doing so well girl! I'm in my third year too and with my diss due in in January I'm not doing too bad on the work load either! I've got myself way more involved this year seeing as it's my final one and I'm having a ball!! Hope the rest of your semester goes well. xx

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. Aw thanks Lucy! That's so exciting, I don't get to do a diss till next year. I think getting involved and having more to do outwith work actually gives me more motivation! Hope yours goes well too! :) x

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  2. I'm so proud, you're doing amazing! Third year has hit me like a truck tbh, and I'm struggling to slip back into the healthy habits I adopted last year, but with essays around the corner I'm doing my best to stay motivated. Good luck for the second half of the semester! x

    Rachel | kyvbey.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Rachel! It is such a step up it is crazy. Good luck with your semester too - you've got this! x

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  3. I'm loving the 9 - 5 approach, it is what you would be working if you were in a regular job, so why shouldn't us students adopt the approach as well. I'm currently in my final year and I'm still juggling the right work balance so this is something I am definitely going to try. Have you heard of a bullet journal? They are great for staying organised as you can personalise is specifically for your life as well as being really creative whilst doing it. I don't what I would do without mine.

    All the best x

    Dana | www.lifelookingout.co.uk

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    1. I was talking to someone once about the amount of hours you are supposed to spend per module and we worked out it was the same as a full time job, so I thought why not try and tackle it like one! I have tried a bullet journal a couple of times but I can never quite get into it. I am thinking of maybe making it one of my goals for next year though :) x

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  4. I love these goals! I wish I had made more goals like this when I was at university. Even though I had an amazing time and wouldn't trade it for the world, I didn't realize how lucky I was until I graduated and became "an adult". I definitely experienced a lot of FOMO because I was scared to take risks sometimes (the biggest reason for starting my new blog series). I say enjoy this time and have some fun!

    -GG
    www.girlingamba.com

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    1. Thank you! They definitely help me stay motivated which is super hard sometimes. FOMO is such a hard thing to crack! x

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  5. Hi, you sound like you are having a good time and week done for heading in the right direction with your goals. Sticking to a 9-5 routine is impressive as is the healthy diet.

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  6. You are so awesome in setting goals and balancing your schedule. My freshman year, I failed ALL of my classes because I took university courses for granted. Coming from high school being the top of my class, I thought I could apply the same techniques...ooo I was so wrong! I was so focused on others and trying to make at least one new friend in an unfamiliar atmosphere. I admire you for gripping the reins on your situation and being so mature. Although I graduated my senior year with all A's, I wished I had the discipline in organizing and setting goals. This post inspired me to set goals in everything I do, great work :)

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! I definitely was not this mature in my first two years and I know I could have put so much more effort in, but I take it as a good learning curve. So glad you enjoyed the post x

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  7. Well done for meeting most of your goals! Hope you manage to find an internship soon 😊
    Amy xx
    www.goldenbooksgirl.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Amy - me too haha! :) xx

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  8. Yay go you! You’re doing so well with your goals! You must be so proud of yourself.
    Mel

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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    1. Thanks Mel! It's a good feeling to know I'm making progress with work and getting better :) x

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  9. Love this! The 9-5 routine sounds like a sensible thing to do. I try to do the same then schedule in time to chill in the evening. Using a weekly journal & to-do list is such a good one too! Good luck with your goals :) xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thanks Bexa! I love having the evenings to do my own thing and relax, although most evenings I have netball training so I'm never very relaxed haha! xx

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  10. Zara you are doing so well and I found this post encouraging/motivating. Hope the internship comes soon and keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you so much, I am so glad you enjoyed the post! x

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  11. It sounds like you're doing so well at planning your time. I wasn't organised at all at uni. I'm no good at the 9-5 though, I'm much more productive at night.

    Sophie
    Www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I definitely think I used to be more productive at night, but I need my sleep too much now haha! Thanks for reading Sophie! x

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  12. I am in my second year, and I am struggling with the night out thing. I feel like it's the only time I get to actually get out and do something since no one really does anything else.

    https://sop4ie.blogspot.co.uk/

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