What I'm Looking Forward To

Author: Tajae Thompson


I am speaking it into existence now. 2020 is going to be my year! I want to live life to the fullest this year. I want to get out of my comfort zone and get out of my head. This year is going to be special because, as of March 10th, I will no longer be a teenager anymore. While there is no tangible perk to being 20, it is still a milestone. I do not set New Year's resolutions because I am a firm doubter in the phrase "new year, new me." It is never too late, nor too early, to try and better yourself. This year I want to focus on my physical and emotional health while making sure that I continue to grow as a person because the only way is up.

During this spring semester, my goal is to be proactive. I want to address problems before it becomes a problem. Being proactive includes beating procrastination. Over the weekend, I want to finish my homework for at least Monday and Tuesday, and on Monday start my homework for Wednesday. Not only will this help me hone my time management skills before I am pushed into the adult world, but it will also help me access a deeper level of learning. By working on homework as soon as I get it, I will have a better grasp of the material that I am learning. It does not help your learning to do your homework 10 minutes before class or study for the test the morning of. While life does get busy and exceptions happen, I want to try and prevent as many of these unexpected occurrences as possible this year. While I do not want to plan life out second by second, I want a little more structure.

Another goal of mine is to improve my work-life balance this semester. A new semester introduces a whole new set of people. Whether it is the people I am seeing in the dining hall, or my classmates, the new semester is an opportunity to meet people from all over. I am not striving for a 4.0, but I am striving to do my best at all times. I do not want to sacrifice my social life to have 4.0, and I do not want to sacrifice my grades to have a bubbling social life. I mean, it would be amazing to have both, but I know myself well enough to know that I should strive for a healthy medium.

I am just very excited to create new memories this semester. Fall semester brought new friends and new experiences, and I want to replicate that. I look forward to exploring South Bend more and finding out what northern Indiana has to offer. Life is too short to not try new things, and I want to look back on my college experience and have no regrets regarding missed opportunities. While I am still the same me as I enter this new semester, I hope to grow and improve each day.