Last week officially started the school year at Arizona State; however, this week is truly the first full week of the year. This week is what some students are dreading, some students have been waiting for, and then there are those whose minds are still on summer vacation. Either way, regardless of the emotions one may be feeling about starting a new year of school, it is reality. Last school year I was a freshman and now I am a sophomore. Already I have more homework than I know what to do with, and I probably read more for my business ethics class this weekend than I did all summer for my internship. But, that’s the job, isn’t it? I am a full time student who is here for a reason; we all are. We want a degree, to achieve something, to have a good job once school is finished, and to be someone in this world. I think most of us can agree on at least some of those thoughts. However, what if there is more for us? So much more we can accomplish with our time here at ASU (or in college in general)? The way I look at my four years here is on a much deeper scale than simply earning my degree, although I plan to do that as well. This is where certain beliefs come into play: the power of goal setting, and the power of reminders.
Some of my goals for my time at AZ State are to find different clubs and organizations that I am passionate about, and to take leadership in them. I also want to broaden my horizons, get out of my comfort zone, and do something I have never done before: visit other countries on a study abroad. Further, to find and have internships at companies that help me to see what I want to do with my future, and that I am also crazy about. These are just a few of the things I want to accomplish in these next four years. And I am already pleased to say I am on my way with the internship I had this summer with a nonprofit and being a member of my sorority.
Goal setting is such an important thing because it keeps you honest and it keeps you motivated. Without goals in mind, what are you driven towards? Where’s your ambition? What do you want out of life? These are questions that setting goals and figuring out what is meaningful to you can only answer.
So, I propose this reminder to you.
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
It’s your choice how your life unfolds. Yes, there are unforeseen circumstances and there is bad luck, but the true testament of a person is how they react to the cards that are dealt to them. You have a say in the matter. What are you doing right now that makes you proud to be who you are? That makes you one step closer to accomplishing your goals? That brings you happiness and self-fulfillment? These are questions a person has to answer for themself and by themself, but I hope a reminder like this can help you to start the dialogue.