Going Back to School: Thoughts and Goals for the Year

I am entering my final week of summer vacation before going back to school which has me doing quite a bit of reflecting. First of all, this summer was the bomb dot com and I couldn’t have asked for a better balance of work and play. But more than anything, I’m thinking ahead to the upcoming school year. I find that school can be bit of a vortex in the sense that it’s pretty relaxed for a week or two, but then you blink and suddenly you’re drowning in assignments and your biggest goals in life are to remember to eat, breathe and shower occasionally. ha.


With that in mind, I’ve been thinking of a few things that I want to be mindful of this year. And as much as I’m probably feeling this way because of the fresh start that accompanies fall, they’re really goals I have for myself all the time. The life kind, I guess you could call them.

1. Doing My Best in School Without Getting Too Stressed About It 

I think that a healthy dose of stress can really be a good thing for us students. But I also consider it a fine line between that healthy dose and one that is just detrimental both to performance and well-being. So while I want to look back at my undergrad years and know that I gave it a really solid effort, I also want to be able to take a step back and remind myself that in twenty years I probably won’t remember if I got an A or B in Clinical Nutrition.


2. Let Friendships Happen Naturally  

Moving to a new school and city last year had me pretty concerned about the whole making friends business. So I adopted a mentality of saying yes to all social invitations that came my way. I don’t regret that strategy but I realize in hindsight that I spent some time doing things that, to be honest, I just didn’t feel like doing. And is it just me or is life not just too short for that?! I’m super excited for new friendships and looking forward to fostering existing ones, but I also never want to let myself feel like I’m a loser for not going to the campus bar on nights when I want nothing more than to be at home baking cookies in my Christmas pyjamas. I really believe that the friendships that are meant to flourish find a way to do so without being forced. So force I will not.

3. Blogging When and What Feels Right 

I started the blog (AKA my baby) right after the spring exam period finished and summer break officially commenced. I feel like I settled into a good groove while I was off but have no idea what to expect during the school year. For the blog to become a chore or something that I see as an obligation is really my worst nightmare because I get SO much joy out of creating and maintaining this little space of mine. So my current plan is really to have no plan and to do whatever it is that feels natural. It would be an honour to have you follow along on that mysterious journey.


4. “Blooming Where I Am Planted” 

I am stoked to be learning again but I can’t lie; I do not particularly feel like moving back. There are many days that I find myself wishing that I were studying in my home city so that I wouldn’t have to be away from the people I’m closest to. But what is becoming more and more clear to me is that we can always come up with some excuse or another to not be fully present where we are. And that’s just lame. I want to be a Jacklyn that is whole-heartedly there, wherever that is. When I’m in Ottawa, I probably won’t be able to contain my happiness. But when I’m in Montreal, I’ll choose to see the (abundant) good that is there and give it my A-friggin-game.

Bloom Where you are Planted

Hope you guys have an amazing week!

Do you have any goals going into fall? 

13 thoughts on “Going Back to School: Thoughts and Goals for the Year

  1. I love the beginning of the school year goal list! Writing down goals is so key for me to stay motivated, on top of everything, and not be overly stressed. I love that you said not forcing friendships. I feel like it is so much harder to make friends as an adult and letting the friendships happen organically can be frustrating.
    I hope you have a wonderful Monday!


  2. I love all of this! I couldn’t agree with you more on all points. I started back two weeks ago and am still trying to find a balance between it all, I guess it takes a little time to get back into the swing of things!


  3. I remember being an extremely anxious and perfection-driven freshman and as the years went by I realized I could loosen up and still do well. I didn’t have to be stressed out all the time to produce good work.
    These goals are great- you’ll have to revisit this throughout the year so you can maintain this positive attitude.Good luck to you and I am excited to read along!


    • That’s really encouraging to hear about naturally becoming less stressed over the years. And I will definitely try to remember to come back and take my own advice throughout the year when need be. Thank you so much… that really means a lot. Hope your school year is off to a good start :)

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  4. I totally get what you mean about feeling overwhelmed with school. This is my final year (if all goes well), and there has been some rough times for me. I’m definitely looking forward to the end but also excited too keep on learning. I always seem to feel overwhelmed in the beginning but as the time passes I sort of get a rhythm going and that seems to help. Stay strong! The initial beginning is always the hard part…especially after enjoying such a nice summer break!


    • Thanks you so much for your encouraging words. I will definitely be keeping in that in mind if I’m finding the beginning of the year a struggle. If you’ve already started back at school, I hope it has been great so far and if not, enjoy your last little bit of summer!!


  5. I live in Montreal (and have been living here my whole life)… So if you ever want help, directions, restaurants, places suggestions or whatever informations, feel free to email me, I’d be happy to help. :) En te souhaitant une bonne session à l’école! :)


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