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    A Guide to Goal Setting

    Jessie Flamming

    Goal setting, especially in college, is a common topic that can seem overwhelming. In reality, once you break down what accomplishing a goal really looks like it becomes relatively simple. The key is to start with a frame of mind that sets you up for future success by utilizing your present time.

    Whether your goal is getting an A on an assignment or increasing the number of books you read a month, the perspective on how to be successful is the same. It is crucial to start with the end in mind and begin to work backwards. By doing this, you divide your overall goal into smaller checkpoints. This will help you stay on track and easily measure your progress over time.

    It is important when setting a goal to have a distinct timeline and metric of measurement for success. That will give you the leverage to accomplish your smaller goals, which come together as your overall goal, without losing sight of the big picture.

    Another dominant factor in the goal setting process is staying consistent. Everyday work toward the goal no matter how insignificant the progress might seem. Remember, that even a baby step is a step in the right direction: a step toward success.

    The ability to set goals and consistently achieve them is a skill you will practice your entire life. This guide, or mindset, to goal setting has drastically changed my personal success. Once you start living through this new perspective the opportunities are endless. It decreases unfinished goals and encourages you to set the bar higher.

    Pearson Students: What goal are you working to right now? What steps are you going to take to achieve it? Please share with the Pearson Student community by commenting on this blog!

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    Networking with Social Media

    Jessie Flamming

    Social media has become a part of our everyday lives and only continues to grow in the amount of times we depend on it throughout the day.  Sharing pictures, memories, and opinions with thousands of people at the touch of your fingertips has changed the way we think and live. Although older generations will debate that it is ruining our communication skills and face-to-face interactions they may need to look at it from a new perspective.

    Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all have different objectives, but at the end of the day, they all are used to reach large numbers of people with simple and instantaneous access. Using these social media platforms can expand your personal network and help increase your knowledge from numerous perspectives. You can share your achievements and passions with anyone  – even outside your close friend circle! By using social media for personal networking, you can almost effortlessly get new insights and build relationships with one post.

    From my personal experience the best advice I can give any college student is to use your social media for a deeper, more productive, result. By creating a virtual brand for yourself you can show your accomplishments, goals, and future plans to endless amounts of followers. You never know which of these followers can potentially help or encourage you to reach the accomplishments and goals you want to attain.  People can only see what you allow them to on the internet so you might as well make it the best version of yourself and influence others to do the same.

    Social Media is a powerful tool, so I encourage you to use it wisely! Posting about your goals and aspirations is much more insightful than what you were wearing to the last party you went to! Keep in mind who your audience is with each post. With a limitless ocean of viewers, your public profile is not only exposed to your classmates and friends, but also future employers who will be looking at your social media platforms to make judgments for your candidacy.