Going to College

Transcript: Setting my goals


Goals are important because they help you achieve what you want to achieve. Writing something down on paper, you just kind of look at it and you’re like; okay well this is what I want to do. I need to do A, B, and C to get here and … personally when I write something down, it kind of sets it down for me, like okay I really need to get this done and day to day goals like things I need to get done during the day, I’ll make a list of it, cross it off as I do it, and it kind of makes you feel more accomplished as the day goes on — like okay, I got up, I did this and this and this and this, and I only have this left to do. So just kind of helps you move along.


I have a chart that I hid in my closet because one of my friends saw the chart and they were like, what in the world is that? So I put it in my closet. Every time I open my door I’m able to see a list of my goals in the middle, then on one side I have scholarships that I want to apply for, the other side tests, maybe things I need to buy, so it’s a whole chart of just different goals; and I put the dates on there of when I want to achieve them — and I have my short term goals, my long term goals, all in different colored markers. So it helps keep me on track, especially it’s where all my clothes are so I have to see it every day.


In high school I actually had a gigantic list of long term goals, not too many short term goals. I wasn’t very good at planning short term. I always had so many things to do; I was constantly running around, driving everywhere, trying to get to places. I had a lot of long term goals. Some of the goals I set were getting into college, that was a huge goal — getting scholarships. My senior year of high school I applied to over 100 scholarships just because my family couldn’t afford college and that was the only way I could go, so that was a huge goal and I constantly was applying for scholarships.


When I don’t meet one of my goals, sometimes I do feel a little bad. I try to think of if I really tried to achieve the goal, if I did all that I can, I can always improve on it, maybe extend the goal a little bit longer, see why I didn’t reach the goal, see if I can take any other steps, see if I need help. I consider all of that into it, and then it won’t make me feel bad as much anymore.


I think I’ve learned that you have to be flexible. I remember when I was younger, like around 9 or 10 I guess everybody does this, but my goal was to be a veterinarian and I actually got really disappointed when I got to high school and learned about my disability and how difficult it was with math. But when I learned that I could concentrate more in English and had fun with English in writing and reading, it opened new doors so then I changed my goal, and I was more flexible and I think when you set goals you don’t want to be so rigid that you maybe miss something else that’s fun — an opportunity to explore the world around you. I don’t think you should tie yourself down to your goal in a way that you miss something else.