The semester has taken off full speed ahead, leaving many of us wondering where and how the time flew by so quickly. It’s about that time of the semester where students are thinking about the goals that they’ve met or haven’t met yet (and that’s okay!). Understandably as a college student trying to maintain grades, social obligations, and personal well-being we tend to lose track of many things, our goals included. It’s important to remember when setting to reach goals they need to be well-defined, realistic, and self-satisfying. smart goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.
Specific: What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished?
Measurable: How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached?
Achievable: Is it possible? Have others done it successfully? (But remember not to compare your own successes to others! Use role models and inspirations as a point of reference.) Do you have the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal? (If not, how can you go about doing so? Would tutoring or academic coaching bet to your benefit?)
Results-focused: What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal? What is the result (not activities leading up to the result) of the goal?
Time-bound: What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency? Are you allowing yourself enough time to accomplish this goal?
If you’re ever in need of figuring out what your goals are and how to achieve them, feel free to stop by the Division of Student Success where we can help you with a variety of topics including academic achievement, study abroad fulfillment, and career guidance!
Written Abby Shobajo
Welcome (back) to Boston Rammies!
Whether you have been soaking up the sun on the beach, exploring the world, taking classes, or working your tail off, I hope you all had a wonderful summer! Although it may be stressful to begin the first semester of a new year, this is an extremely exciting time on campus. Suffolk’s clubs and departments bring so many amazing programs and services to campus each week, providing us the perfect way to unwind, destress, and conquer the Fall Semester. New classes, new professors, and new material may be daunting; however, there is always an outlet that helps us find success!
I asked some of the tutors in the CLAS, club presidents, and staff on campus their favorite ways to destress and/or tackle coursework at the beginning of each semester. Their advice will help us all FALLow the steps to success this autumn season.
Arly (Program Council President): “Stepping outside the classroom and enjoying my free time with others in programming helps me put my academic stress to the side and allows me to think creatively in a unique setting. It is a time to forget about school work and just have a good time!”
Quing Li (Tutor): “I go to the Charles River and maybe go to the park to relax. The best way to step away from school or work is to be close to nature. Sometimes, animals such as cats, dogs and birds helps too!”
Sylvan Huynh (Tutor): “I dance with W!CKED Hip-Hop Dance Crew. Being a part of a Performing Arts Office group is a great way to escape and have fun.”
Hamza Rhioui (Tutor): “Set clear goals and objectives to achieve. Make sure you exercise during the week. Sleep Well!”
Kait Bouthillette (Staff): “My top two strategies to unwind is to practice yoga or binge-watch a great show on Netflix. As a student, whenever I was feeling stressed, I would go chat with my professor during office hours or make an appointment with a peer tutor.”
Mira Abouself (Tutor): “I like scheduling future events with PAO/SLI (Six Flags trip), playing board games and socialize with friends, walking outside, and going to the esplanade.”
Sarah Tavana (Tutor): “When I feel stressed I go for a walk and listen to light music and then go to a coffee shop and drink a hot coffee or tea, and that really calms me down.”
Although these are always great ways to remove ourselves from school work and destress, sometimes we do FALL behind the first half of the semester. The CLAS and Division of Student Success offers amazing services such as 1 on 1 tutoring, study groups, drop in study session, workshops, academic coaching, academic advising, etc. to help students get back on track. Feel free to stop by the 9th floor of 73 to inquire about what the Division of Student Success can do for you!