My first year of university went well I think after really considering it. I wish I had done better in my classes and that I had also gotten out more, but that is what next year is for. I have committed this summer to getting better, nothing specific. Anything I can do that would make me better I have tried to do. I think I have made these kinds of declarations before but this time was different (something people say all the time). So when my blogging friend at Economically Humble came up with this challenge I jumped at the opportunity. Here are just nine of the things I want to do in the next nine weeks are,
1. Invest 50% of my summer earnings. I have very ambitious goals related to my financial independence. One of the easiest things I can do to help myself achieve this goal is to invest early and often.
2. Lose 15 pounds. I am running a Warrior Dash on July 22 and I ave been training hard for it. I do not need to lose the weight to run it, it just puts a measurement on the true goal of getting in racing shape.
3. Spend more time with friends and family. I have been working and then pretty well coming home to unwind. Then I am too tired to do much on the weekends even. I want to enjoy summer with those that mean most to me.
4. Get ahead on my school work. In post-secondary education you get four months off in the summer to do with as you please. This is a very poor learning strategy, so I want to read a couple of chapters from the textbooks I still have in the subjects that I will be taking next year. Which will make the upcoming year easier as well.
5. Apply for scholarships. I haven’t done this as much as I have wanted to, and it is something I really need to start taking seriously.
6. Go camping. Camping is something I enjoy, which is weird, you wouldn’t think it would be fun to pretend you are homeless. But I like it and I want to go camping at least one weekend this summer.
7. Pick my classes early. this is the key to getting a desirable schedule. Last year I had class at 8:30 am every morning because I procrastinated until late August to pick my courses. This year the open date is late June so I will have my classes picked before July, if not on the first date.
8. Apply for co-op. I want to try out careers before I commit to one, so I need to make up a persuasive application to get accepted to the co-op program at my school.
9. Save up half the cost of a laptop. My laptop has been unsatisfactory for a while. I have been saving up amazon gift cards that I get easily from both Swagbucks and Superpoints so I can get this very expensive purchase practically for free.