At the beginning of this year, I posted a blog about my goals for Spring 2014. Now that the semester is a little more than halfway through, it’s time to reflect on how I’m doing and how I can continue to improve.
To recap, there were three main areas I wished to work on: my mental/emotional state, my physical well-being, and my educational/professional development.
1) Mental State: Overall, this semester has been a lot less hectic than last fall because I’ve decided to spread myself less thin. I realized that time is of the essence, but that doesn’t mean you have to cram every hour of the day with something. So, instead of signing up for every single APO event or planning back-to-back meetings just so I can stay on campus, I’ve converted my “free time” to “me time,” which is basically allowing myself to relax and rejuvenate. I think by setting aside time to take a quick nap, read the news, drink a cup of tea, etc., I’ve actually become less stressed. These peaceful moments are definitely important, and I highly encourage others to recharge their batteries once in awhile.
2) Physical Well-Being: In terms of my health, I have tried to buy more of my own groceries and cook more often in an effort to avoid eating out. However, I am not the most disciplined person, so I still find myself snacking on sweets a little too frequently. My goal for the rest of this semester is to drink more water and eat fruits as a substitute for dessert. On the bright side, I am keeping active and religiously doing “Insanity” with one of my closest friends. We keep each other motivated by exercising together and exchanging recipes and other health tips. Having a fitness buddy is definitely helpful because it’s more fun and rewarding to share “gains” with someone else. Also, can I just say, the feeling of sweating like crazy after a solid workout and then taking a cold shower afterwards is truly unrivaled!
3) Educational/Professional Development: Finally, how I’m doing in school and preparing for my future. Well, career-wise, things are going a little bit slow as I’m still trying to figure out my direction in business. However, I am currently applying to a variety of internships across the board. So far, I have the option of interning abroad again in China, but my top choice would be to find an internship in my hometown (Seattle, WA) that can equip me with new skills and valuable experience in a real business environment. I would love to learn how to manage multiple initiatives at once, interface with all areas affected by the project, and just work with a team in general. In preparation for the application and interview process, I’ve tried to polish my resume as much as possible, attend a few mock interviews, and hone my speaking and presentation skills. Fingers crossed that these efforts will be worth it!
Overall, I’d say that I’m on track for a successful Spring Semester. However, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, and I can’t wait to keep FIGHTING ON!!! <3