Goals for this Semester
The fall semester starts this Monday and I’m honestly looking forward to it. I’ll be taking Honors Biology, Art History: Prehistoric to Renaissance, Drawing I, and Personal Finance. As I head into my second year of college, one thing I'm certain about is that it's time to take action.
I spent practically the entirety of last school year undecided with my major. I’ve leaned toward studio art, specifically in drawing and painting, pretty much my whole life. But when I started college and saw everything there was to offer, I tried a little bit of everything. One thing is for sure, if it’s in the Arts and Humanities realm, I’ll probably be interested in it.
I love writing (obviously), so for a while, I thought about journalism. I wrote editorials for my high school's newspaper when I was a senior and I loved it! That's a big reason why I started this blog actually.
On the other hand, learning about local, national, and world politics was second nature to me growing up. Last semester I interned in the political science department and got nominated President of Students for Global Peace, a student organization that brings political education and awareness to the community.
I’m going to remain active as President of the SGP, but as for pursuing political science… I don’t think that’s for me. While I love being a leader and working with others on subjects that are important to me, there’s a way I can combine my passion for activism with my art. Historically art has been a major vehicle in bringing political awareness or action, but I still don’t feel like I’ve found my artistic voice yet. So I guess my first goal is to…
Find out exactly where I’m headed with my art
I’ve thought about tattooing, maybe as a side gig until I really figure myself out. But honestly, I haven’t done much to get my foot in the door. My art projects have been on the backburner 50% of the time because I’m busy, and the other 50% because I’m purposely making myself busy to avoid it.
I’ve focused on portraiture for the last five years and I would like to break out of that and try something new. I’m hoping with the guidance of my art professors this year I can get that push that I need, and hopefully find some clarity in my own ventures. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for artistic opportunities.
If I’m being honest, I’ve been intimidated to pursue art. I feel like I’ve wasted time, not focusing on it and honing in on my abilities for fear that I won’t make it. Which I know right now is ridiculous, since I haven’t even tried to pursue it yet. These days I’m fearing failure less and fearing inaction more.
Read outside of class
I enjoy reading, but I treat it the same way I treat my art. I avoid it in pursuit of other, unnecessary things. I’m the queen of self-sabotage!
I wouldn’t say I’m bad at procrastinating. If I have an assignment, I’ll finish it as soon as possible. Or if I need to pick up something, I’ll get it as soon as I can. But if it’s something that’s going to better my life and happiness, like reading and making art, miss me with that.
So I’m going to set an easy goal and try to read two books this semester. The semester is a little over four months, that should be no problem. Unfortunately, if I don’t set deadlines on myself, I won’t get it done.
I’ll update this with the two books I’ve chosen…
This summer I’ve been reading lots of blogs on minimalism. One thing they all have in common is that to successfully be a minimalist, you must change your way of thinking. It’s not about possessing less materialistic things, it’s about owning things that have importance, are useful, or make you happy.
That being said, I’ve started clearing out my wardrobe this summer. Just keeping the key pieces and unique stuff that made my heart jump when I discovered it at the thrift store. I want to have a concise closet where I can actually wear every item.
I don’t think that will be difficult. When I travel, I travel extremely light. Once I spent a week in Beijing on just a backpack!
I made a depop this week, which is an app similar to eBay. Check it out if you want to see some things I’m trying to get rid of. I'm really into vintage and rock n roll items. Feel free to negotiate prices with me, I just want stuff gone! If you know me in person, let me know so you don't have to pay for shipping.
The main reason why I’m getting rid of things is very simple. I think it will bring me some mental clarity. If I have fewer distractions, I can focus on what truly matters. I’m not going to go as extreme as wearing the same t-shirt every day like Mark Zuckerberg, I’m still going to be me. Just a concise, focused version of me.
Spend more time studying
The cliche academic goal. To cut to the chase, I’m going to spend less time googling answers and actually find them in like, I don’t know, my textbook. This way I’ll probably retain the information instead of just remembering it for a week.
I considered myself resourceful in high school by making Google my study buddy. I’d instantly get homework done in no time but at the expense of not actually learning.
Now that I’m in college and get to voluntarily choose what I’m learning about, why wouldn’t I focus on it? My class schedule for this academic year allows me lots of free time, so I’m going to use it wisely.
Regardless, I’m ready for the semester to start now because the anticipation is killing me! Good luck to anyone else heading back to school this fall. What classes are you taking? Have you set any goals for yourself? I’d love to hear about it!