My time at home is quickly coming to an end, and I’m packing up for my next big adventure: graduate school. While I am super excited, and I’ve blathered on to pretty much anyone that will listen, as the days get closer I can’t help but feel incredibly nervous. I’ve always felt that I’m not as smart as my peers, and I worry that in the highly competitive program I’m in, working hard to be slightly above average won’t cut it. I had this same fear going into college, except at that time, I was also certain they’d accidentally admitted me. This time, at least, I’m pretty sure they meant to let me in.
As I begin my grad school journey, I want to write down my own expectations for myself as a student. While I’m sure they may end out not being realistic, I don’t want to lose the perspective I gained from the year I spent removed from academia, and working full time. In college, I was a very diligent student when it came to anything in class, but even then, there are some things I wish I could have done differently. This opportunity to go back to school will allow me to (hopefully) rescind some of those regrets.
Below are the 13 goals I have for myself, this summer and beyond:
- Keep a calendar
- No phones in class
- No laptops in class
- Do homework right away
- Talk to teachers
- Befriend your advisor
- Utilize career services
- Utilize your social network (
- Immerse yourself in learning 24/7
- Take notes on everything
- Maintain a healthy sleep schedule
- Workout regularly
- DO THE ASSIGNED READING
I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me, and I’m excited to be able to look back at this blog in a year from now. I can’t wait to find out where I end up!