Episode 39: Interview with a Recent College Student – Her Goal Achievement Story

March 17, 2016


Week #9 – Midterms have now probably passed you by, and you have a good idea of how you’re doing at this point in the semester. Time to change course?
Quick tip
Learn from your midterm mistakes:
  • What content did professor focus on?
  • What did they ignore?
  • Cumulative?
  • Understand the ones you got wrong
Question of the day from r/college
Today’s Topic: 
Join me as I welcome Stacy to the show to discuss:
  • What it was like managing a mental illness while being a student in college
  • One recent graduate’s take on recovery
  • Some of the biggest obstacles related to college she had to overcome
  • Support networks and how they impact the timeline of recovery
  • The experience of working with a Supported Education specialist
  • Her advice to other college students that might be struggling to achieve their goals
Home Exercise
  • After listening to Stacy’s story of personal achievement, think back to a time in your life when you persevered and succeeded as a result. It could be a memory from a long time ago, or a recent event, but think about your own personal qualities and what you showed to yourself and others when making that achievement. Write about it if you can. What can you use from that experience to propel you closer to your current goal? Only six more weeks to go!
Also, if you have mental health issues and a success story to tell (current college student or former), I’d like to interview you about your goal achievement quest, the struggles/adversity you faced, as well the recovery strategies you learned, let me know! Please email me at: collegestudentsuccesspodcast@gmail.com
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
Week 1: Set a goal and think about it considering my 5 Factors (Passion, Value, Leverage, Accountability, Sustainability), and areas where you may need to pay special attention to (Passion).
Week 2: Think about what you need for your happiness and well-being. Consider what happiness achieving your goal will bring you. Write down your goal, and why you want it (Accountability).
Week 3: Pick one thing Zack and I talked about in the interview that will help you in reaching your goal, block out space in your calendar this week to do that one thing, and do it (Sustainability).
Week 4: Examine lack of progress more closely if needed, look at your life’s defaults through an honest lens (Value).
Week 5: Try out one of the note-taking suggestions/tips talked about in the episode in one of your classes over the next week (Accountability).
Week 6: Complete a study plan for the one midterm that is currently stressing you the most. If your goal does not relate to school, take a step back, see how you’re progressing, and re-evaluate your To-Do list (Accountability).
Week 7: Consider your “brand.” Think about how your brand could impact you as a potential employee down the road. If you are not in a position to start branding yourself now, at least write down your personal brand idea and file it somewhere you won’t forget it (Passion).
Week 8: If you’re struggling to achieve your goal, confirm you are truly in the preparation/action stage when it comes to the goal you set in the beginning of the semester (Sustainability).
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