For the Road Trip Nation project, I think it would be really interesting to visit a radio station and interview either a DJ or a producer about their careers and what paths they took to get there. Broadcast radio has always been a small interest of mine and I would love to learn more about it. Another possibility would be to visit a graphic/web designer about their careers and what all being a web designer is about. My final idea for the RTN project would be a film editor, or somebody who edits TV shows/commercial for a living, to find out more about what they do and how they got to where they are (if they attended college etc,.)
I hope to learn a lot more about these different professions on my adventure and to hopefully finally discover a career path that will not only be able to support me financially, but will also keep me coming to work everyday with a smile on my face.
- Finish with a 3.5+ GPA: In high school, my GPA wasn’t very good. Not very good at all. This was mostly due to my spotty attendance and bad study habits. In college, I plan to improve on both of these and to end the year with a GPA of 3.5 or above.
- Discover my passion: Throughout my life, I’ve considered myself “passionate” about many thing. In junior high, I thought I wanted to be a game designer. In high school, I then thought I wanted to be a band director. Now that I’m in college, I’ve discovered that I’ve never been truly passionate about any career path. I’m hoping the UGST Journalism class helps me to discover what I’m truly passionate about and want to pursue a degree for.
- Exercise: I’m super bad about motivating myself to do things that are time consuming or hard, even if they are beneficial. Exercising is one of these things. Now that I have unlimited access to the recreational center 7 days a week, I’m going to try harder to stay fit and healthy.
- Eat better: Like I said, it’s hard for me to stay motivated. It’s even harder to get motivated about eating healthy when that means I have to cut some of my favorite foods out of my diet. However, eating a healthy meal every day is a big part of being physically and even mentally fit.
- Make more friends: Although I am often quiet and socially awkward, I love to make new friends and hope to make many more as my journey continues here at UNT. I like to think I’m a nice guy, so hopefully that won’t prove to be too difficult.
6. Get involved: Currently I’m not fully involved in any on campus organizations, but I have signed up to become involved with my residence hall association and I am attending weekly Improv meetings. As the years go on, I hope to become involved with more on campus organizations.
7. Find myself: Now I’m not saying this to sound philosophical or anything, but I look forward to discovering more about myself over these next four years. Personally, spiritually, politically etc,.
8. Give back: I would really like to give back to the community in some way, hopefully multiple times, over the next few years. I currently plan on taking part in one of the ASB trips next year and to volunteer at the soup kitchen some time in the next few months.
9. Get a girlfriend: Hey, no one said these goals had to be realistic.
10. Get better at ping pong: I’ve been practicing every so often. Actually, I just ran out of things to put on my bucket list.
So to start off let me just say that I’ve always been horrible at managing my time. I often get lazy and forget to do things, or I procrastinate until the very last second in favor of doing other things like hanging out with friends, napping etc,. In high school, this really wasn’t much of an issue considering with the classes I was taking I never really had to study at all. The only school related functions I had was band-related events, so keeping up with those was pretty easy as well. College, however, is an entirely different atmosphere where your study skills and ability to manage time are a big part of your success as a student. (Or so they say…)
After thinking and putting together a pie chart of how I spend my time, I discovered the following:
- Free Time: Apparently, 26% of my week is free time I have to myself. Browsing the internet, playing video games, etc,.
- Sleep: I figure I get about 7 hours of sleep on average, which would account for 29% of my week.
- Class: I spend 15% of my week in class, a lot less than I had predicted.
- Socializing: I spend 5% of my time socializing, because I have no friends.
- Meals/Snacks: 8% of my week is spent eating.
- Travel Time: 8% of my week is spent traveling. Walking to class, driving around etc,.
- Grooming: 4% of my time spent grooming. It doesn’t take long to look this good.
- Chores/Errands: 4% time spent doing chores/errands.
- Scheduled Functions: 1% doing scheduled functions.
So, most of my time is just free time. That’s honestly not surprising, although I would have categorized socializing and eating as part of my free time. The least amount of time is scheduled functions. That just means I’m not involved in anything currently. So besides that, I don’t spend a lot of time doing chores or errands. If you saw what my dorm looked like right now, that probably wouldn’t surprise you.
I “waste” a lot of my free time on the internet, or hanging out with friends. I definitely could modify my schedule to include more study time. I keep a planner on my computer, but keeping an actual planner in which I write down times and events might help me remember them more. Also setting up a daily planner in which I write and set times for studying and other things will help me keep on track throughout the day and help me to not procrastinate.