Reflect and set goals

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Whether you’re in the midst of an internship or taking some well-deserved time off, summer is a great time to pause, reflect and set new goals. Maybe there’s something you’d like to accomplish before the fall semester begins or a new mindset you’d like to embrace going into a new academic year.

But keep in mind that reaching your goals doesn’t just happen overnight. Make plans to commit to and accomplish your goals. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Write it down. Seeing your goals in writing helps you set realistic plans. Be creative during this process. List everything without worrying if your goals are worthy ones. This process will help you decide which goals you want to commit to.
  • Prioritize. Decide which goals are crucial, then think about what you need to do to accomplish your revised list. Maybe some goals are more urgent than others. Sometimes it’s helpful to break a larger goal into several smaller steps.
  • Talk about it. You might find it helpful to discuss your goals with important people in your life, including campus mentors, faculty members, your navigator, friends or family. Whomever you go to should be a good listener. Discussing your goals will help you sort out what’s really important to you.
  • Review. Set aside time regularly to take stock of how much you have accomplished toward meeting your goals. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you haven’t made much progress. Sometimes your plan changes because your perspective changes. Adjust your plan to reflect your new outlook.