It’s hard to believe that I’ll be moving into my college dorm in less than two weeks! It seems like just yesterday I was applying to colleges, and now I’m starting at my dream school! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to get out of college, and I’ve come up with some freshman year goals.

Freshman Year Goals | Exceptionally Emily

Earn at least a 3.9 GPA first semester freshman year. I’m in the Honors college at USC, and I need to maintain a 3.3 graduate with honors. Even more, I have to have at least a 3.65 to stay in the International Business program.

It’s cliche, but a big goal of mine is to avoid the Freshman 15. USC has an amazing work out facility (pictured below) and I definitely want to take advantage of that! There are some really interesting group exercise classes offered that I definitely want to try out.

Freshman Year Goals | Exceptionally Emily

Make new friends, but keep in touch with my high school ones. It’s easy to lose contact with old friends, especially when they’re a plane ride away. I’m going to make an effort to stay close with my high school friends. FaceTime and social media make it a lot easier!

I don’t want to pull an all-nighter. In other words, I’m going to work really hard to not procrastinate on assignments! I definitely fell prey to procrastination in high school. Even though there are a million things that I can do on campus, I need to prioritize my studies and get things done on time. Plus, less procrastination = less stress!

Save money for when I study abroad. I have a job on campus and I want to dedicate part of every paycheck to my study abroad fund. As an International Business student, I have the opportunity to study abroad in Germany second semester sophomore year! I want to make sure I have enough money to travel on the weekends and to try new foods! And by new foods, I mean new gelato flavors 😉 My goal right now is to save 80% of every paycheck. That shouldn’t be that hard, considering that I don’t have any necessary expenses at college!

I want to get to know my professors. All professors have mandatory office hours at USC, and my goal is to go to at least one session for each of my classes. Not only will it be good to introduce myself to my teachers, but I’ll also be able to ask questions about stuff I didn’t understand in class!

A lot of my freshman year goals revolve around academics, but it’s equally important to set goals for your social and physical well-being! Those are just a lot harder to put into words.

Smaller goals include…

  1. Volunteer/raise money for the philanthropy my future sorority supports
  2. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  3. Become good friends with my roommate and suitemates
  4. Join new clubs and go to sporting events

What are your freshman year goals?




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13 thoughts on “Freshman Year Goals: First Semester”

  1. Hey, Emily! I share a lot of these goals myself as I’ll be entering college this fall too. I really love your ambition, striving for a 3.9 GPA is no easy feat but I’m confident that you’ll achieve it! I definitely need to start saving up for my study abroad as well, I really want to be able to make the most of it. Another goal I have is to get super involved with campus organizations. While I don’t want to stretch myself too thin, I think having my hands in things will make me more invested in my time spent at college. I’ll definitely get more out of it that way! Good luck in your first year of college, I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    1. Thanks for reading, Lola! I totally agree about getting involved. I’ve found that I actually do better in school when I’m super busy!! Best of luck at college!

  2. These are all such great goals! I think your savings goal is especially important! I watched a lot of freshmen spend spend spend their first year because it was their first time taking care of themselves and without their parents to guide their choices. Getting in the habit of saving most if your money is so important in college. And how cool is it that you’ll get to use it to study abroad!
    Good luck in your first semester of college; you’re going to love it!

  3. Good luck on all of your goals! I’m a sophomore and let me tell you one thing: not procrastinating is so hard! haha I love reading and watching TV shows on Netflix, and that definitely doesn’t help me to concentrate on my homework. But you are right, less procrastination = less stress!

    1. Definitely! I usually set “study hours” for myself where I work really hard, and then I take a break to realax. That usually helps with productivity! Thanks for reading.

  4. I’m going to be a freshmen this year too! I definitely have similar goals for my first semester!! And how exciting that you’ll be studying abroad in Germany, what an amazing opportunity!! Best of luck in college Emily!
    xo, Syd

  5. YES to no all-nighters!!!! My freshman year I stayed up until 4a.m. one time for the first time in my life and it was TERRIBLE. Sophomore year the latest I went to bed was at midnight and I always got 8-9 hours of sleep every night! I’ve been a part of the Zumba Toning fitness class at my college for about 4 semesters now because it’s just so great and I love it! USC looks amazing, I hope you reach all of your goals! 🙂


    1. I can concentrate on schoolwork/function so much better with 8 hours of sleep! Luckily I don’t have too many early classes so I’ll be able to sleep in a little bit. Thanks for reading, Jasmin!

  6. Love your goals for freshman year! The freshmen 15 is definitely not a cliche! haha you’ll want to take full advantage of that rec center. This is coming from a senior who knows what the stress of college can produce! Good luck this school year!


  7. These are great goals Emily! I especially love your goal about getting to know your professors. It’s so good to have one-on-one with them, and even post-graduation, my professors still provide me with awesome advice. Have a fantastic first semester! xo

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