New year, new goals




With the start of the new year comes the start of our spring semester, and we should remember to leave any negativity we may have experienced in the past where it belongs — in the past. Although we shouldn’t dwell on the difficulties we’ve experienced in the past, we certainly can grow from these experiences. This can be part of our goals for the new year — improving in an area struggled with last semester. The first step is to choose a goal you feel strongly about and that is attainable.

Push past frustration

Whether you didn’t do as well as you expected on tests or in your clinical area, or if you were struggling to maintain healthy relationships while still keeping up with school work, acknowledge that difficulty and learn from it. Use the frustrations you felt in the past to push you to do better. Identify your biggest challenge and find a solution.

For instance, something I struggled with in the past was organization. Staying organized was one of my biggest weaknesses going into college. I felt like I didn’t have time to get all of my school work done, hold a job, make time for my friends and family, exercise and make sure I maintained a healthy lifestyle. I had to reevaluate my daily routine. Coming to grips with my weaknesses helped inspire me to do better and figure out what were the obstacles in my path. I realized I was watching way too much TV, taking way more naps then any 18-year-old needs and procrastinating regarding my school work. Once I acknowledged what my weaknesses were, I was inspired to do better. I purchased a planner, and after a few weeks I was able to stick to a new schedule.

Regardless of your weakness, use it to inspire you to be a better student this semester. Create an attainable goal for yourself this year. Make a plan on how you can reach this goal in a timely and realistic manner and go for it!

Your turn

What are your goals for the new semester? Please share them below.

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Kristen Ponticelli

Kristen Ponticelli 

Kristen Ponticelli is a senior nursing student at Molloy College in New York. Her posts from a student nurse’s perspective will appear on Nurse.com the last Friday of each month. Write to Kristen by sending an email to blogs@nurse.com.

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