Setting Goals in the new year - Global College Advisers

The Art of Goal Setting

The start of a new year invites us to reflect on what went well in the past year and what in our life could benefit from some improvement. It’s a great time for thinking about our goals and our vision of what we want to accomplish throughout this year.

Goal setting is an important process for high school students starting the college application journey. It allows students to focus on their aspirations and work towards achieving them, while also providing a sense of direction and motivation.

Here are some tips on how you can set and work towards your goals during the college application process:

Identify your goals: The first step in goal setting is to determine what you want to achieve. This could be getting accepted into your dream college, earning a specific scholarship, or simply getting a better understanding of the college application process.

Make your goals SMART: Once you have identified your goals, it’s important to make sure they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This will help you focus your efforts and make your goals more attainable.

Create a plan: After setting your goals, the next step is to create a plan to achieve them. This might involve researching colleges, taking specific classes or extracurricular activities, or seeking out opportunities for internships or job shadowing.

Seek guidance: Don’t be afraid to seek guidance from your guidance counselor, teachers, or other mentors. They can provide valuable advice and support as you work towards your goals.

Stay motivated: The college application process can be stressful and time-consuming. It’s important to stay motivated and focused on your goals. One way to do this is to break your goals down into smaller, more manageable tasks and celebrate your achievements along the way.

By setting and working towards goals, high school students can make the college application journey a more meaningful and rewarding experience.


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