CLP 3

College Life Planning Class 3

Hi everyone! Good to see you again. Hope you’re enjoying your college life, and all of your classes are going well. In today’s class, we will talk about setting goals. In order to make the most of your college life, it is important to have clear and measurable goals.

Goals and objectives

First, I’d like to talk about differences between a “goal” and an “objective.” Can you tell me differences between these two?

Goals are defined as “something that you hope to achieve,” and objectives refer to “small steps toward your goal.” For instance, suppose that your goal is to “Finish a marathon within 3 hours.” What are the objectives toward this goal? Can you think of three objectives?

Examples may be something like the following:

Goal: Finish a marathon within 3 hours.

  • Objective 1: Practice running every day.
  • Objective 2: Don’t stop running during practice.
  • Objective 3: Keep running at a pace of 13km/hour.

Now, let’s think about a goal that may be more closer to home. For instance, suppose that your goal is to “Get a score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS.” Can you think of three objectives for this goal?

Examples may be something like the following:

Goal: Get a score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS.

  • Objective 1: Finish at least three IELTS exam books.
  • Objective 2: Watch English shows on Netflix every day.
  • Objective 3: Read English news websites every day.

Make SMART goals

When you make goals, you have to make sure your goals are SMART. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Now, let’s look at each of these one by one.

  • 1) Specific

First, your goals have to be specific. In other words, you have to be clear about what you want to achieve. For instance, goals such as “I want to be good at English” are not very good because they are not specific. In other words, we don’t know what they mean by “good.” More specific goals, such as “I want to be able to understand NY Times articles without relying on dictionaries,” are better.

(Not good): I want to be good at English.
(Good): I want to be able to understand NY Times articles without relying on dictionaries.

  • 2) Measurable

Second, your goals have to be measurable. This means that you need to be clear about how you can evaluate whether you achieved your goal or not. For instance, a goal such as “I want to do well at university” is not very good because it is not very clear how you’ll measure if you are “doing well” or not. Instead, a goal such as “I want to get a GPA of 3.5 or higher” is better because it clearly indicates how you’re going to measure your goal (i.e., GPA).

(Not good): I want to do well at university.
(Good): I want to get a GPA of 3.5 or higher at university.

  • 3) Attainable

Third, your goals have to be attainable. In other words, they have to be realistic and feasible. For instance, goals such as “I want to be a major league baseball player next year” are probably too ambitious for most of you. Instead, make your goals more attainable, such as “I want to be a regular member on the Rikkyo baseball team next year.”

(Not good): I want to be a major league baseball player next year.
(Good): I want to be a regular member on the Rikkyo baseball team next year.

  • 4) Relevant

Fourth, your goals have to be relevant. In the context of this class, this means that your goal has to match your plans for Rikkyo and for life after Rikkyo. For instance, “I want to be a doctor after graduating from Rikkyo” is a fantastic goal. But this is not very relevant because Rikkyo doesn’t have a medical school. In contrast, “I want to be an English-Japanese translator after graduating from Rikkyo” is more relevant for CIC students like you because CIC offers courses on translation studies.

(Not good): I want to be a doctor after graduating from Rikkyo.
(Good): I want to be an English-Japanese translator after graduating from Rikkyo.

  • 5) Timely

Last, your goals have to be timely. In other words, they need to include a time limit (e.g., I will complete this goal by MONTH/DAY/YEAR). For instance, “I want to be an English-Japanese translator” is a good goal, but is not timely because it does not include a time limit. In contrast, “I want to be an English-Japanese translator after graduating from CIC” is better because it includes a specific time frame.

(Not good): I want to be an English-Japanese translator.
(Good): I want to be an English-Japanese translator after graduating from CIC.

Homework

I hope now you are clear about what SMART goals mean. Now let me explain homework for the next class. Your homework is to:

  • Write 3 goals regarding studying abroad, CIC, or career. Remember that your goals have to be SMART.
  • Write 3 objectives for each goal.

In other words, you need to write three SMART goals, and each goal has to have three objectives (remember that objectives are small steps toward your goal). This means that you need nine objectives in total.

For instance, your three goals may look like the following:

  • Goal 1: Get a score of 6.0 or higher on IELTS by the end of this year.
  • Goal 2: Get a GPA of 3.5 or higher in this semester.
  • Goal 3: Become an English-Japanese translator after graduating from CIC.

For each goal, you need three objectives like below:

Goal 1: Get a score of 6.0 or higher on IELTS by the end of this year.
Objective 1: Finish at least three IELTS exam books.
Objective 2: Watch English shows on Netflix every day.
Objective 3: Read English news websites every day.
Goal 2: Get a GPA of 3.5 or higher in this semester.
Objective 1: Do not sleep during classes.
Objective 2: Complete homework on time.
Objective 3: Organize an online study group with friends.
Goal 3: Become an English-Japanese translator after graduating from CIC.
Objective 1: …
Objective 2: …
Objective 3: …

I’d like you to post your goals on 掲示板 on Blackboard again so we can share each other’s goals. Please click on the following link:

SMART Goals (Blackboard)

(Please log in to Blackboard at https://bb.rikkyo.ac.jp/ before clicking on the above link)

In the above website, please click on “返信” to my original post, and you can write your goals and objectives there.

* Please complete this assignment by Sunday, 31 May 11:59 p.m. (midnight).

*「保存に失敗しました」というエラーメッセージが表示されても、実際にはきちんと投稿されていることもあります。エラーメッセージが表示された場合は、再度投稿する前に、ページの再読み込み(「更新」や「リロード」とも言います)を試して、投稿されているかどうか確認してみてください。

* 現在、Blackboardの掲示板に不具合が生じています。そのため、課題の締切を余裕をもって5月31日としています。うまく投稿できない場合は後日改めて再度試してください。

Well, this it for today! I hope you all have a nice weekend, and am looking forward to seeing you next week!