Assignment: Defining Goals

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how time management plays a factor in goal setting, leading to short-term, medium-term, and long-term objectives

Directions

  • Review the worksheet below, and fill in the blank sections to the best of your ability.

Guidelines

  • Phrase goals as positive statements: Affirm your excitement and enthusiasm about attaining a goal by using positive language and expectations.
  • Be exacting: Set a precise goal that includes dates, times, and amounts, so that you have a basis for measuring how closely you achieve your goals.
  • Prioritize: Select your top goals, and put them in order of importance. This helps you understand the degree to which you value each of them. It will also help you better manage related tasks and not feel overwhelmed.
  • Assume you are the captain of your ship: Identify goals that are linked to your own performance, not dependent on the actions of other people or situations beyond your control.
  • Be realistic but optimistic and ambitious: The goals you set should be achievable, but sometimes it pays to reach a little higher than what you may think is possible. Certainly don’t set your goals too low.
  • Be hopeful, excited, and committed: Your enthusiasm and perseverance can open many doors!

Examples of Long-Term Academic Goals

  • I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. My major will be Radio-Television-Film, and my minor will be Spanish.
  • I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree with a major in international history.
  • I plan to attain an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN).

Examples of Medium-Term or Short-Term Academic Goals:

  • I would like to study abroad in Spain before I graduate.
  • I want to get involved in a service-learning project in my community, as part of my preparation for eventual service work.
  • I plan to join the student government organization so that I can gain some experience at the community college where I take classes part-time.

Additional immediate goals might be applying for financial aid, getting a part-time job, taking a short leave of absence, speaking with a counselor, etc.

You may wish to use an academic planning worksheet to help you identify courses and terms. Here is a sample from the Penn State Eberly College of Science: Blank Academic Plan.

GOAL PRIORITIES MY PRECISE GOALS WHAT I AM DOING NOW TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS
Example: Long-term goal #1 I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. My major will be Radio-Television-Film, and my minor will be Spanish I am attending the college of my choice and getting good grades in my major.
Example: Related medium-term goal I would like to study abroad in Spain before I graduate. I need to get busy with this!  I will inquire this week about what I need to do next.
Example: Related short-term goal I will need to get financial aid for at least a portion of my studies. I have filled out the forms for financial aid. Last week I applied for a part-time job.
Long-term goal #1
Related medium-term goal
Related short-term goal
Long-term goal #2
Related medium-term goal
Related short-term goal
Long-term goal #3
Related medium-term goal
Related short-term goal
Long-term goal #4
Related medium-term goal
Related short-term goal
Long-term goal #5
Related medium-term goal
Related short-term goal

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