Winter 2016 Semester Goals

Since I will be returning to university tomorrow, I thought the best way to kick off this new semester was to establish myself goals for the next four months.

Winter 2016 Semester Goals

After I’ve recaped how my first semester went, it was a lot easier to know what to base my goals for the winter 2016 semester on. 

Maintain or increase my grades

Although I haven’t received all of my grades just yet (none of my finals have been graded yet), I’m pretty confident that I did good. Throughout the fall semester, I worked hard and it was reflected in my grades. I think maintaining my current grades is pretty realistic, but I wouldn’t be too upset if I managed to do even better. 😉

Get involved in at least one extracurricular

I was a bit overwhelmed the previous semester. Between assignments, exams and my part-time job at the library giving me more hours, I barely found the time to blog or to do anything for myself. Although I am good at time management, I need to start prioritizing. University is about experiences and making new friends, and so far, I’ve managed to set aside both.

This semester, I’d like to get involved in at least one extracurricular. Not only do they look good on your resume, but they’re also a great way to meet new people. I’m thinking about writing for the campus newspaper, so I’ll have to look into that.

Make one new friend

You might remember that, during my first semester, I stuck to the friends that I’ve met in Cegep and did not make any new friends, while everyone else in my program seems to know one another and to have found a group of friends. I want that to change. I’m tired of feeling left out. Also, since I don’t share any course with my cegep friends, I’ll have to make at least one friend if I want to survive the semester. That will force me to put myself out there and make efforts to meet new people.

Start working out

That’s something that I completely forgot during the fall and that I’d like to rectify this winter. I’m definitely not a sports lover, but working out is important in order to stay healthy. I’d like to be able to include three work outs a week into my schedule, of 30 minutes each. Who knows, maybe I’ll start running again? Or I could do yoga…

Keep a steady blogging schedule

That’s something I definitely lacked during the first semester. Everything was so crazy that I had to set AWA aside for a few weeks, which ended up in me barely posting anything in November and December. I’m going to try to fix that this semester by preparing as many posts as I can while I’m still not too busy. The beginning of the semester is always slower, so that’ll give me plenty of time to write posts.

What are your goals for the new semester?


  • Love the goals!! One of mine is to start my homework a little earlier each night…I tended to wait till almost 9 to start and wouldn’t finish till after midnight and that was really hard when I had an 8 AM class the next morning.
    Can’t wait to hear more about your semester, good luck my sweet friend!

    • Thank you and good luck to you too!

  • Sounds like you have some great goals! I especially like the one about keeping a blogging schedule, while it’s not easy, it does wonders for your blog!

    • I just hope I won’t end up like last semester and not blog for weeks! Let’s hope it works out!

  • Ally Fiesta

    Goal for the spring semester is do my reading before lectures! Every time I did the class was so much easier. I did fall behind several times for other reason than I wanted to take a nap or go out. I can’t believe your finals are not graded yet – that would drive me crazy.

    Let’s have an awesome spring semester!

    • That’s a great goal! I’m usually good when it comes to preping for my lectures, but it can get a bit hard to stay up to date. And trust me, the fact that my finals are not graded yet is driving me crazy too! I’m supposed to receive my grades by next week, though.
      Good luck with your goal and have an amazing new semester!

  • Hi! These are really good goals. I think you can definitely forgive yourself for not working out, making lots of new friends etc because having read your other posts you clearly worked super hard last semester and did really well academically. I was exactly the same in my first semester at university – my grades were pretty good, but I felt like I was lacking in other areas which I’d really like to work on this semester. So setting goals – and methods by which to achieve them – means you’re already a step closer to doing even better this semester than last time!
    Good luck, I look forward to following your journey on your blog! Hope life is sunny 🙂
    p.s. thank you for following!

    • Thank you! Now that I’ve worked hard on the academic side and know how to prepare for the new semester, I want to try working on other areas of my university experience. I already contacted the editor in chief of my university’s newspaper and I might be working as a collaborator so that’s awesome! I can already say that I’m working towards achieving some of my goals. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and for following!

  • Being involved in extracurriculars really is great. It does get really crazy sometimes when you have meetings and activities on top of university work, but you get to meet so many people and try new things so they’re definitely worth it! It might also help you out with that third goal 🙂

    And I hope you’re able to keep a blogging schedule this semester. It’s hard with school, but you have some great posts and I’d love to see more 🙂

    – Courtney

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