Tuesday, 30 January 2018

University Semester Two Goals


Get Your Sh*t Together University Goals

If you have followed my blog for a while, you might remember that back in September I set myself some semester goals for going back to university after my year abroad (I am currently in my fourth year of five at St. Andrews doing History and German in case you didn't know!) I also posted a little update at the end of the semester and overall I am pretty pleased with how I got on.

This semester I thought I would do the same thing and make myself a list of goals based on the things I found worked and what didn't last time. It's a longer semester for us, but we also have two weeks 'spring break' in the middle before another set of exams in May.

Somehow, I have ended up doing mostly coursework modules. This is both a blessing and a curse, I'll have a much tougher semester and my overall mark will be almost entirely based on how well I do during the semester instead of being equally weighted with my end of module exams. If I thought I was going to need to be organised last time, this is going to be a whole different level, so I have tried to make these goals reflect my new balance in work.

Don't set unrealistic time frames: I think this is going to end up being one of the most important ones for me. I know how long it takes me to do readings and I know have a rough idea how much time I am going to need to spend on things like my German translations and essays which I normally have to do every week. Setting aside the right amount of time to do tasks is what I think is going to make or break my semester.

Organise my notes: I love writing things out by hand, it's how I learn and who doesn't love an excuse to buy more pretty stationary?! However, I did find that last semester it meant I was constantly carting about heavy notebooks and had papers spread over every surface. Since getting my MacBook before Christmas I cannot believe how much easier things have become. I want to devise an organising system and really use my mac to its full potential and keep all my notes together. I know the stresses of losing work on a faulty laptop so backing them up is also going to be essential. I use One Drive so that I can log in and access my documents from any computer which is so handy!

Secure my Internship: Ahh the internship crops up again. Potentially the most stress-inducing word you could say to a penultimate year student. I currently have a lead that I am working on, so hopefully in the next months I will be able to secure something for the Summer.

Reading before bed: I've said this so many times before, but during university when I have a thousand other things to be reading, reading for fun really doesn't rank highly in my priority list. However, in an attempt to get to sleep earlier and reduce the amount of endless scrolling that I do I want to try and read for half an hour before I go to sleep at night.

Make Packed Lunches: It's so easy once you've snoozed your alarm in the morning a few times to be running completely late and have to dash out the door without much thought as to what you are going to do for lunch later in the day. Buying lunch in town really adds up by the end of the week so this semester I want to try and save some money by making packed lunches at least 2-3 days a week. That £15/20 can definitely be better spent elsewhere.

Keep blogging: I have so much respect for people that juggle a blog and university but this semester I really want to keep up blogging. It has already slipped a little with preseason and a busy few days catching up with friends but I have a few really exciting projects lined up that I can't wait to share. I feel like I really got back into a good blogging groove at the start of January so I really hope I can keep it up.

If I can do as well with these goals as I did with my last ones then I will be happy. Let me know in the comments if you have set yourself any goals this semester/month as I love reading other peoples!



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  1. Yes! I've been meaning to read more as well. My goals post isn't queued for another few days, but I also hope to narrow down my career aspects and meet with advisers for networking!

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

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    1. Ooh I look forward to reading it Rachel! Doing some networking sounds like a great one! :) x

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  2. I'm always setting crazy time goals for myself too! x

    Morgan // www.justmorgs.com

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    1. I definitely think it helps me stay on track! Thanks for reading Morgan x

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