Welcome Back to School – Time to Set New Goals!

Hi everyone and welcome back to another semester!

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Before I begin the first blog of Fall 2018, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Rebekah Manning, but you can call me Bekah. I am a Nutrition major at UNLV and your new Head of Content and Food Day Chair for SNDA. This is my first semester officially enrolled in the DPND Program and I couldn’t be more excited!

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With all of these amazing opportunities I am faced with this semester, I deemed it a great idea to talk about personal goals for the rest of the year.

There are less than four months left of 2018…

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But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing! That means there is still so much time to reach some more of your goals and be even more awesome (than you already are) before the new year!

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Here are some of my ideas to get on track for a goal-achieving semester and final months of the year:

  1. Take a look back at the past Summer and Spring of 2018—what are some things that you accomplished? What goals did you have for yourself? Did you achieve any of them? Do you see more for yourself in the remaining months of the year? Think of what you’d really like to achieve within these months. For me, this year has been all about challenging myself in all aspects of my life. Healthy challenges of course! So I want to encourage YOU to do the same! Just because we are at the latter half of the year, it doesn’t mean we can’t keep progressing and achieving greatness.
  2. Try making a “goal list.” Nothing too crazy that will overwhelm you, but maybe just a few things you wish to achieve in the last few months of 2018. Mine, for example, would be:
  • Get an A or B in all four classes
  • Get yourself to be able to do 5 pull-ups in a row
  • Save $1,000 by New Year’s Eve

3. Make a list of how you can achieve these goals with smaller steps. My example would be:

  • Study at least 2 hours per day
  • Go to office hours whenever you can and build study groups
  • Exercise 3-5 times per week, attempting at least 1 pull-up per session
  • Put away $20 per week from your tips

When we break our big goals down into smaller, daily goals, we have a better chance of achieving them. It is important to not overwhelm yourself with too many goals at once. Only you know how much you are actually able to handle, so set your goals up accordingly. Also try to remember the SMART goal approach and set smaller, time-sensitive goals for yourself that also fit into your schedule. To learn more about setting up a SMART goal, click here.

4. Attack those goals with full-force. Set yourself up for success and continue to take time for what is important to you. Step outside of your comfort zone. Volunteer for that event. Ask questions. Be 100% you and you’ll reach your goals faster than you could even imagine.

It’s only September, there is still so much time left to make your year even better! Keep on kicking butt and make this semester count—inside and outside of school!

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Please feel free to email me at mannir1@unlv.nevada.edu if you have more specific content you would like to see or have any other suggestions/requests. This is my first blogging experience, so feedback is appreciated! Thanks! 🙂

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