In the last post, I mentioned that there’s a strategy to help you find the balance between academic performance (Grades and GPA) and community performance (extracurriculars, community involvement, school leadership). It’s a time-tested strategy known by the highfalutin name of “goal-setting.”

Setting goals is one of the best tools we have, always ready to hand, for almost all aspects of life, and getting into college is one of those life aspects, too. When you set goals, you clarify your thinking and reveal your priorities. Your goals don’t have to be perfect—and they never are. Goals are simply a way of providing definiteness to your purpose, your plan, and your activities.

There’s a whole lot more to unpack here, but this is a good place to start. If you’re a high school student thinking about college, take 10 minutes right now and make a list of goals that include colleges you might like to attend, subjects you might like to study, and careers you might like to pursue. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t overthink it. Just do it.


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