Welcome to new students and returning students. I have a feeling this year is going to be a great one. If you are a Tippie student and have not done so already, please read the UPO Newsletter where I provide a formal welcome and tip related to start of the fall semester.
At the start of every semester, one thought I have is always, “start strong.” I say this to myself and to all the students and staff I work with. For students this often means having all your syllabi read and getting to each class early. For staff, it can be mean late nights preparing for meetings and finalizing summer projects. One way that I start strong is by setting a few goals for the first weeks of classes. For the new couple of weeks, I’m working on a just a couple goals. The first was to attend a welcome event, meet new students, and get a picture with Herky. After attending the President’s BBQ last night, I can check that goal off my list.
My next goal is to be 5 minutes early for all of my meetings. I tend to be a one-minute late person because I am always trying to squeeze in one last email or conversation, but I recognize that this can be rude to the people waiting for you. So my goal is to wrap up things more quickly and be respectful by arriving a few minutes early. I’ll let you know how that goes.
What are you goals for this week? Take a few minutes to select a couple and then write them down to commit to them. A former Tippie student who went on to serve a community relations officer in Afghanistan used to write his goals on a post-it that he placed on his bathroom mirror. This approach was a good way to commit and then remind himself daily about that commitment.