Today I want to tell you about making S.M.A.R.T. goals and staying true to your dreams. It sounds a lot like staying focused. It is—focused on yourself. That is something a lot of teenagers and young adults either aren’t comfortable with, or have yet to realize the importance of.
My dream and goal is to become a counselor at the college level. My journey hasn’t always been smooth; there have been some bumps in the road making me question myself. But you can’t let life get you down, you must keep fighting! The first step is to make S.M.A.R.T. goals that are:
Specific (Who, What, Where, When, Why?)
Measurable (Track progress, reach target dates etc.)
Attainable (You’re both willing and able to work toward it)
Realistic (Goals are wise, reasonable, and important to you)
Timely (Grounded within a time frame)
If your goals are S.M.A.R.T. and your dreams are realistic, please stay on task. Don’t let a few bumps deter you from your destiny. Nothing in life is easy and sometimes, your dreams are worth struggling for. Keep that in mind the next time you’re faced with the seemingly “impossible”…and Happy Holidays!
Recently, there was a little girl from Pakistan who is becoming a viral sensation for her interview with Jon Stewart on his daily show. Her name is Malala and she is 16 years old and she realizes one thing that many of us take for granted living in the U.S.A: Education is power. She was shot by the Taliban for standing up for women’s education. She knows that with education comes knowledge which is the most powerful weapon of all.
I think many of us fail to notice that in other parts of the world, education is prohibited. We have such an amazing opportunity here and many of us just complain: “Why do we have to go to school?” and “I can’t wait for school to end!” are all too common sayings that come from the mouths of students. We need to listen and learn from Malala’s story and revalue the education we receive. In the end, that is truly the only way we can become more united.
Below is the link for Malala’s interview:
High School to college is a huge stepping-stone and it is very important to be well prepared for it. High school students can prepare by researching different schools both in state and out of state to branch out. They should look at school locations, programs, degrees, and housing. Once you have a list of schools you should always check out the campus. Usually schools hold preview days, information sessions or personal campus tours for prospective students. Organization is the key for college applications; it’s crucial to have all the important dates written down and completing all the required documents. Other than preparation, students should be engaged in the high school and build relationships with teachers. They give great advice and become good recommendation letters.