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The beginning of a New Year can provide you new opportunities for academic success. Take some time to think about your academic goals for 2014. Do they serve your future well? Are they obtainable? Are they sustainable? Take a look at how the goals fulfill your academic future.

Take a look at how your academic goals serve your future. If you are in high school have you considered your college options? Don’t forget the first place to go is to your high school guidance counselor. The truth is, most high school guidance counselor’s have a lot of information to help direct you and are a source of much needed information. Not only will they have information on the SAT’s and how to study for them, they also have information concerning admission requirements for the college of your choice.

Secondly, can you obtain the goals you have set for yourself? Meeting with your school guidance counselor will give you some help concerning what you can accomplish academically. They have a lot of information about your academic performance. Where your strengths, weaknesses and abilities are. At this point it is not a bad idea to talk to some of your teachers as well. They also have a good idea of your academically ability is in their class. They can then help you prepare for your college career. Don’t overlook those teachers and guidance staff who are there to help you be prepared for college and obtain your goals.

If you can’t sustain your academic goals you could have a short-lived college career. Having a long-term plan is very important to your success. However, I encourage all students to reach for their goals. Don’t just play it safe. Most students under estimate their abilities. Listen to your teachers, and guidance staff, but don’t just settle for “safe.” Push yourself. Set goals that are obtainable and sustainable, but make them goals that you have to continually work for.

Remember, those who work hard and push themselves will rise above the crowd of their peers. When you graduate from college you want to be the exception and not just a part of your class. Employers want those who are self-motivated and willing to pay the price for being high-level achievers.

It’s a New Year. Reestablish your goals. Make your resolution to set your academic goals high, but ones that you can obtain and sustain.

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