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5 Academic Goals for 2014!

Adam is back with his first blog post of 2014! Read more to see what his 5 goals for 2014 are! 

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a nice New Year and are ready to get back into the swing of school or college! For my first blog of the year, I thought I’d share with you five clear (and, with any luck, achievable!) goals that I have set myself for 2014. Hopefully, these aims will help me further better myself both academically and socially.

#1 – Become well organised

Almost all students are experts in the art of procrastination. I, like many others, turn to the likes of Facebook chat, my Twitter feed, and the many weird and wonderful videos on YouTube in order to avoid typing those dreaded essays. This year, I’m hoping to procrastinate less and become better organised.

There is a lot of reading on my course, as I study English Literature and Linguistics. It can sometimes be difficult to find the time to read through the novels and plays that I am given each week whilst completing all of the assignments and tasks that my course entails. This year, instead of going home after my lectures and seminar classes, I am going to make more of an effort to go to the library and complete my work there. A long piece of writing is much less daunting if you complete a couple of hundred words a day (instead of 3,000 the night before its submission date)!

In my spare time, I enjoy working as one of the University’s Student Ambassadors, facilitating events such as campus tours, workshops, and school visits. Before Christmas, I wasn’t able to work very often due to the number of deadlines that I had close together; towards the end of the year, I had four essays due in for the same week! By planning out my time better and structuring when I am going to complete certain tasks, I am hoping that my assignments and assigned readings will be done earlier, leaving me more time to enjoy work and social events outside of my course.

#2 – Join more societies

There are all different types of clubs and societies that can be joined at university, ranging from sports clubs (e.g. football, netball, lacrosse teams), to political, religious, and recreational groups, like the astronomy, baking, ballroom dancing, and bridge societies.

I am only part of the English Literature and Linguistics societies at the moment, but I’m interested in joining others, as participating in these activities is a fantastic way of meeting people who share your interests. Participation in extra-curricular activities is also highly sought after by employers, as it shows that you are an adventurous individual who is willing to experience new activities. I think I’ll probably try the robotics and Mahjong societies!

 

[For more information on the 300+ societies that the University of Manchester has, please visit the Students’ Union’s webpage! (http://manchesterstudentsunion.com/societies)]

#3 – Create a budget plan

Creating a budget plan is always a good idea. When first moving away from home, it can be difficult to track your finances and work out how much money you can spend each week.

When I lived in the university’s Halls of Residence last year, I used to monitor my money properly; I always knew how much was in my bank account, and how much I could spend when I went out to social events. As this year is my second at the University of Manchester, I decided to live at home and commute instead. I’ve noticed that now that I don’t have to worry about food prices or rent, I spend much when I go out with my friends.

As I’m halfway through my degree, I have decided that I am going to try and save more of my money instead of spending what I earn on items that I don’t really need. By doing this, I’m hoping to save up enough money to fund a gap year after I’ve completed my undergraduate degree.

#4 – Get work experience

        After my degree, I would like to teach students English as a second language in Asia. I have visited a few countries in the Far East for holidays, and love experiencing new cultures (and their cuisines!). In order to obtain my future career goal, I am going to try and obtain a work placement in a local school in the coming months in order to hone my teaching skills.

#5 – Sleep more!

When assignment deadlines and exams are approaching, it’s inevitable that I’ll have to stay up late to finish my work off. Hopefully, my improved organisation skills will allow me to go to bed much earlier than I usually do!

 

What would you like from the New Year? Where do you want to be next year, at the start of 2015? Please let us know what resolutions you’ve set yourself, and how you are going to achieve these goals in 2014 via twitter using #UMASS!