Some of the best goals for Freshmen include making the transition from high school to college in terms of time management and learning how to complete assignments on time. This transition is an important one because many incoming students are used to parents reminding them to do their homework and sometimes even setting limits on bedtime and curfew. Once you get to college you will need to set your own limitations and learn how to remain within those limitations. The first semester is the best time to teach yourself how to use your time wisely to not only complete assignments but also to make sure you get enough sleep to function well in class.
One problem many people have—both students and non-students—is setting their sights on goals that are too high. For instance a new student might attempt to make his first goal to graduate with honors in four years. For the student just entering college it is difficult to see so far ahead and know if he or she will be able to meet that goal. Instead of choosing something that is long-term you should begin with a shorter-term goal such as achieving a certain grade point average for the semester. Even here you want to be careful not to set your sights too high or you will set yourself up for failure.
Create challenges for yourself by varying your goals each semester—or adding additional mini goals to what you already have. Perhaps you can increase the grade point average you want for the second semester over what you anticipated for the first semester, especially if you met your goal. In addition you might add another goal such as increasing your overall grade point average or making the Dean's List if you didn't make it in the first semester.
The primary purpose of mini goals is to work toward a final ultimate goal. Whether that goal is graduating with honors, graduating with a degree in a specific field or just being able to say you have a degree. However, do not set your sights so low that it is too easy to meet your goals—there is no challenge in doing that. Make them easy enough to achieve yet difficult enough to provide some kind of a challenge as you work to achieve those goals.