Students setting 3rd quarter resolutions may change how manageable their goals should be

The following story was written by a student on the staff of The Jaguar Times as part of Hilliard Bradley High School’s Journalism Production course.

by MaKenzie Hilling, News Editor 

Kelly Conley (11) wrote out her list and chose to share it. Photo by Kelly Conley.

Kelly Conley (11) wrote out her list and chose to share it. Photo by Kelly Conley.

The third nine weeks of school for Hilliard Bradley students have already started, and some students were more ready than others. During the start of every quarter, some teachers and students choose to set a goal list to accomplish before the next nine weeks. These goal lists are a great way of managing motivation and a way to strive for better. A student that can write down a goal and achieve it is a student pushing themselves for the better.

Starting the new quarter off with good goals is a crucial step for certain students. Kelly Conley (11) states “goals help me as a student because I push myself every day for my academics to be the best they can be.” These resolutions not only are things to strive for but also a way to create a work ethic. Students setting a goal and achieving it gives them a sense of empowerment. Mrs. Forquer agrees, “[resolutions] help to inspire intrinsic motivation and move students in the right direction.” These desires allow a student to work for themselves and prove that they can accomplish something they might not think they could.

Goal setting doesn’t always have to be academically based, it could be a social goal or a mental health resolution. If you’re having trouble starting, you could always start small and build up. The true point of setting a goal is to prove to yourself you can follow through. Reanne Daye (10) says “I want to be able to keep my grades up and to not let anything get under my skin.” Reanne gives herself room for improvement but also challenges herself to something she isn’t used to doing. Goals allow people to steady themselves and push forward out of their comfort zone.

A lot of times students confess that teachers don’t encourage goal settings, but some have teachers that give them sheets to fill out to collect their thoughts. Mrs. Forquer is a teacher that gives students a way to put their desires on paper. She says “writing out goals makes them tangible and more real” which makes them “more meaningful” to kids. She believes that “you can’t forget what’s written on paper, you can always come back to it.” Making thoughts turn more by writing them down is a way many students like to organize their minds. Lists of intent make for a great way to remember every detail one is striving for. Laura Powell (11) agrees saying, “[lists] do help because people will just skip over things or forget, this is a way to keep them on track.” Goals aren’t always easy to write down and make official, but if you want to achieve them, writing them down is a good place to start.

Most students want to start their third nine weeks off good, some do it without resolutions while some do. Goal setting is a perfect way to organize thoughts and ideas before jumping into new classes. Managing desirable grades and intrinsic goals give some students the motivation to push forward in everyday life.