“If you really want something you don’t stop for anyone or anything until you get it."

After analysing 2017 in my last blog post of the previous year I sort of put into words a review of the highlights and positive aspects of every month. However, in my first blog post of 2018, which also marks the final months of my student blogger job (sad life, I know), I would like to make some sort of strategy and planning scheme that will help me to achieve everything I could wish for in the first half of the year. I will be soon graduating and honestly, these first six months of 2018 will be the most important months of my life in terms of growth, academic achievements, career, uni lifecycle ending, lifetime friendships and life lessons.

My entire life has been planning me for these first six months of 2018. I am ready to work a lot more than I am used to and to put in extra effort and time in almost any project I decide to take part of or initiate. Moreover, I have 6 academic essays(4 summatives and 2 formatives) that will most likely determine half of my overall mark for the 3rd year and will prepare me for exams revision in the 3rd term. The solution to get good grades and to end uni on a high note is to be consistent, hard-working, organised, resilient and assertive. A promise that I made to myself for the new year is to always be on top of assignments and daily tasks. Know when to say no to things that do not help to achieve your goals or are simply a waste of time (less going out, more staying in/ going to the lip to study and not procrastinate). I have also decided that I do not want my extracurricular activities of uni life to consist of blogging and the magazine society contribution. I want to put my creativity, communication, listening and persuasion skills to work to take a new opportunity, but I will see if that materializes.

I will be applying for jobs as I normally have and take every opportunity to learn. Not only that, but I will always consider myself as a prospective candidate and not a failure. Any employer wants to find in a possible future employee all(or most) of the skills that not only make you fit for the job but differentiate yourself from other candidates that applied to the same position as you. Previously, I was afraid to show my vulnerability. I now know that by taking advantage of my vulnerability I can make connections easier and I can build trust and relationships faster and in a very honest, raw way. Always be you, do you, for you and your authenticity will make you stand out.

2018 for me will be the best year of my life and I know that because I want that and I am going to work for it. I will not wait around anymore for support, I will not find excuses or problems. I will find answers, come out with solutions and take opportunities.