2019 has finally arrived! Only one more year and we’re into the Roaring Twenties! But there are 356 days until we reach the modern era of the Great Gatsby, so I started thinking about what I wanted to get out of 2019. Honestly, 2018 has been such an amazing year for me, amidst the cloud of previous disappointment, where I’ve thought “thank goodness that year’s over” – a part of me is extremely gutted that 2018 has come to an end. But, whether you’ve loved or hated this year, it’s important to look forward and think about what you want to do in the next year.
So, I decided to come up with an impromptu bucket list for 2019! I hope it might give you some inspiration for goals!
1. INTERNSHIP. Progressing through second year, we’ve been increasingly encouraged to seek opportunities during the Summer holidays, and I’ve decided that one of my aims for this year is to secure a Summer internship. As an English student who has no real idea what they want to do after university, I think it would be a really valuable experience and it would really help me to decide what sector I might want to work in, after graduation. The University of Leicester is very good at guiding you towards opportunities, through MyCareers and TargetJobs, but the reason I haven’t acted on this goal yet is – honestly – because I’m so swamped by essays at the moment. But, as soon as I gain some free time, I will be adapting and editing my CV, writing cover letters, and sending my application off to as many companies as I can!
2. JOB. Although I hope that I will be able to gain an internship, it’s always important to have a back-up plan. That’s why I am currently investigating part-time jobs which I could have, alongside my degree. Last year, I worked in a retail store and I felt that it really developed my skills in the workplace, and provided me with invaluable experience. And, from a superficial point of view, it was nice to have some extra money to ease my way with my Student Loan, and it meant that I was able to take my first independent holiday abroad! So, inspired by my previous ground-breaking year, I am determined to acquire a part-time job to gain more experience and perhaps save a little bit of cash, while I’m at it (see point 4!).
3. SOCIETIES. I had a revelation this year that I had not joined any societies. Although I had been perfectly happy with this during first year, I started to wonder whether I was missing out on something, as my housemates started to join and take part in societies during the second year. I heard about how awesome the Men’s Lacrosse society was, or Ultimate Frisbee, or the Geography society! It started to make me wonder if I’d stubbornly ignored the societies, and that maybe I was missing out on something. So, this year, I’ve decided that I am going to join at least one society and stick with it! I’ll keep you updated on how this goes, and whether I change it or stick with it, but there’s absolutely no harm in trying!
4. TRAVEL. I’ve got the travel bug. University has opened up the world to me, in a way that I’d never quite imagined. Due to circumstance, my family has only occasionally been able to go on holiday, and certainly never abroad – but, last year, I went to Majorca with one of my flatmates, and I had an incredible time. This year, we’re currently in the middle of planning a weekend trip to Barcelona, and I can’t wait to make the most of it. So, as I said in point 2, this is going to involve scraping some money together and planning this trip to ensure that I make the most of it, and see what Barcelona has to offer!
5. THIRD YEAR. With the new year, there comes the realisation that September will lead to my final year at university, and the workload will pick up along with it. Whilst I’m actually really excited about the prospect of starting my dissertation, I’m not looking forward to the knowledge that my time of university life will come to an end. So, in order to ward off my thoughts about the future, I’m going to make sure that I make the most of every second in the run up to third year!
Setting myself goals for the upcoming year enables me to focus on what’s important to me, and then I can strive to making the most of them, or achieving what I want to. Have a go yourself, if you want to – it might give you a new perspective on the new year!