How to take on the new year with new goals

April 18, 2019 · 1 min read · By Cherise Shockley
Online college student and brand ambassador Cherise has new goals and a new determination to complete her math class in the final semester of her online college career.

January 2019 marks the final semester of my college career. My daughter is trying to convince me to apply to an ASU Online master’s program, but I am not ready to make that commitment at this time.

My academic goal for 2019 is to pass MAT 142, a course I’m currently taking for my bachelor’s. I know you might be thinking, “All you want to do is pass MAT 142?” I'm not a numbers person. I like to analyze words. I freak out when I hear MAT 142, and the thought of numbers makes my skin crawl and my blood sugar go up.

My second goal for 2019 is health-focused. Being an online college student, I do not sleep as much as I’d like to sleep (depending on the class), and I snack on chips more than I should. I have made a commitment to stay out of the pantry when I’m stressed and to find time to exercise two to three times a week. I do not have time to go to the gym every time, as I have a treadmill at home, and I walk 20-40 minutes a few days a week at work. What are your goals for 2019? Whatever they are, I know you will accomplish them. Happy New Year!
I know that once I finish, I am one class closer to graduation. Whatever I need to do to succeed, I’m going to do it, even if it means getting a tutor or staying up until 2:30 a.m. trying to figure it out.

Cherise Shockley

ASU Online Brand Ambassador


About the author

Cherise is an ASU Online brand ambassador from Noblesville, Indiana. She's pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and media studies from ASU Online.

We're so excited to share Cherise’s story! Cherise is a part of our #LearnASULive team, an ASU Online brand ambassador program highlighting students who are earning their degrees while living their lives to the fullest. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check back for new articles from Cherise so that you can follow along with her journey. To check out all her posts to date, visit Cherise’s Twitter, Facebook and About Me.

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