🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
As we embark on the second full semester of school during a global pandemic, we thought we should make some goals for the upcoming semester. It has undoubtedly been a bizarre school year...
unlike any we have experienced before, so our typical goals for a school year may be unreasonable for this year. While it is essential to set goals and try to improve, it is far more important to be patient with ourselves and to establish reasonable goals for ourselves that account for the current situation that we are in. So, in this blog, we are setting goals for ourselves during the second semester that we will revisit at the end of the semester.
Carson: As I enter the last semester of my high school career, I have a lot of things that I want to accomplish before I leave. Last semester I struggled with my grades like I never had before, so one of my biggest goals is to make sure that my grades remain at the level they were at before the pandemic and that my GPA doesn’t go down. Other than academics, I am heavily involved in extracurriculars in my school. So, I am also trying to set goals to make sure I pass on as much of my leadership knowledge as possible so those extracurriculars can continue to thrive in my school after I have graduated. One way to measure this would be to begin to transition my responsibilities over to younger students during the last semester of school. I want to have transitioned to younger students for all of my extracurriculars by May to spend the last month of high school spending more time with friends, studying for my final IB exams, and generally appreciating the last month of high school. The final big goal for this semester is to make sure that I have more big memories. Between prioritizing my academics for the past four years and quarantine, I feel like I haven’t enough of those memories you tell your family about later when you think back to “the good ole days”. During this semester, I want to spend more time safely with my friends. Overall, I want to make sure that I am making the best of this semester despite the current pandemic.
Sophie: As a senior who has struggled with balancing my academics and extracurriculars, I have a couple of personal goals that I aim to achieve by the end of the school year. My first goal is to make no less than a 95 this semester. Although this is a daunting task for me, I’ve maintained my grades thus far, so I think this could be attainable. With that being said, I recognize that sometimes I focus so much on my grades that my extracurriculars fall to the wayside. Because of this, my next goal is to have both Civics Club and Principal Advisory Council carry on after I leave. I think the sign of a successful club or organization is one that can sustain itself without its leader, so I want to have both clubs secured before I go. These may be ambitious goals but seeing as this is my last semester, I’m going to “Go big or go home,” as they say. Wish me luck!
Saheli: Junior year is considered the most challenging year of one’s high school career, but as I enter my second semester, I’ve learned that it’s as hard as you make it. Being online has definitely made it harder, but having short and long-term goals has always kept me on track whether or not I accomplish the goals. Every time I start the new school year, I always aim to end the semester with all A’s and keep my GPA high. That is one goal that I will continue until I graduate college.
Having goals that are non-school/work-related is ideal too. Ending 2020, I realized that I never took many pictures. Being in quarantine and online school, there never seemed any reason to. Starting in 2021, I want to focus on taking more pictures. Memories are important even with the littlest of things.
Another goal is that, as a junior, I’ll be taking the ACT, and I want to score higher than a 25. With that, having decided my college and major would be ideal as well.