3 Professional, Personal, And Academic Goals For The New Semester

Liam Berry
3 Professional, Personal, And Academic Goals For The New Semester

Setting new goals is an important way of tracking your progress. And when you’ve got a whole life and career ahead of you, making progress is an important thing.

However, that doesn’t mean new goals aren’t dangerous. Setting yourself up for failure with absurd, unattainable goals only leaves you feeling disappointed in yourself, even when you’ve made great strides.

At WayUp, our goal is for you to succeed without all the anxiety along the way. So here are 3 totally attainable professional, academic, and personal goals for 2019.

1. Improve (Or Maintain) Your Grades

“Improve” is the operative word here. You’re not going to suddenly jump up to a A student in French if you’ve always been a B-minus one. You might! But it’s important just to expect solid commitment and some forward progress from yourself.

GPA in college isn’t everything when it comes to finding a job. In fact, many great companies aren’t interested in your grades. However, improving your GPA can help you with some of the top companies that do filter out candidates with lower GPAs. However, not even top-tier companies expect you to have a 4.0, so don’t sweat it if you don’t.

Remember: Big changes comes by changing little things. Check out this guide of quick and easy tricks to improve your grades.

2. Get A Summer Internship (Or Your First Full-Time Job)

This goal can be pretty intimidating—and it’s likely already something on your radar. How could it not be?

But it doesn’t have to be stressful or seem unattainable. As internship and entry-level job experts, we can assure you: Getting an internship or an entry-level job doesn’t have to be hard.

Focus on improving your resume and sending more applications. Most importantly, don’t ever give up.

3. Regularly Schedule Time For Friends And Family

You won’t be fulfilled in life just by academic and professional success (although they certainly help). Make sure you stay in contact with the people who really matter: family and friends.

It might seem cold or calculating to “put time on your calendar” for the special people in your life. However, it can be very rewarding, even if you just say “see Emma every Thursday” or “call grandma every Sunday at 1 o’clock.”

Want to reconnect with an old friend, but not sure how? Check out this New York Times article on rekindling old friendships.

And Don’t Forget To Be Proud Of Yourself

More so than anything, your mental and physical health are extremely important. Be proud of yourself for what you can accomplish (and have already). And don’t forget to take plenty of opportunities to relax on your journey to greatness.

Want to get a head start on your internship search? Check out more career tips and search for jobs on WayUp.