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Graduating to a new school year is an exciting opportunity for big plans and fresh starts. In much the same way that New Year's Day launches a billion resolutions, those late days of summer represent a practical point for you to make good on the improvements you pledged last spring.

It's not surprising that more people achieve their goals when they plan ahead. To make the most of this academic year, try the Mead Five Star® method for better goal setting: 
  • Make goals specific, practical and measurable.

    • Example: Complete phase one of the fall semester term paper by October 1
  • Easy does it—one thing at a time! Start slow and build momentum.

    • Example:  Determine all of the "must dos" for each of your classes and make your goals.  Next, layer in those extracurricular activities that matter most to you.  And don't forget, time to just hang out is a goal that may not be easily measured but definitely is countless in its many benefits.
  • Adopt a role model to motivate you toward your goal.

    • Example:  Seek out a fellow student, perhaps someone who took a class or participated in an extracurricular activity the year prior, and ask him or her for helpful hints and advice.  No need to navigate too many dark alleys on your own!
  • Deadlines are helpful and necessary to avoid procrastination.

    • Help manage deadlines with the Five Star Flex® Student Planner
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