how do i right a 1000 word essay on “life after school;plans and goals for success?
Actually, most important are spelling and grammar.
Make an outline.
I. Where you are currently. Education, interests, hobbies, etc.
II. Where you plan to be five years after graduation. What you plan to do over the next five years to get from where you are, to where you plan be. These are “short term” goals.
III. Where you plan to be in ten or 15 years after graduation. What you plan to do between the last goals and the end of tenth or fifteenth year after graduation to reach those goals.
IV. Long term “goals.” These can be kind of sketchy. They are based on where you are now — not where you’ll be a few years down the road. Since “long term” really doesn’t have a specific date, these aren’t really technically “goals.” They should follow your plans and short and medium-range goals. but they don’t have to be too specific either. Cover things like career, where you plan to live, perhaps family, where you’d like to be living and working. And then put a “cop-out” statement that you realize that long term goals are based on where you are now and not ten years from now, and that a lot of factors affect these goals.
Be aware that a goal has to be specific, measurable, and have a deadline.
“Improve in school” is not a goal. It is not specific..
“Improve my semester GPA” is better. It’s specific, but it’s not measurable.
“Improve my semester GPA from 2.5 to 3.0” is better still. It’s both specific. But it still lacks a deadline.
“Improve my semester GPA from 2.5 to 3.0 by the end of fall semester, 2008” is a goal. It is specific. It is measurable, and it has a definite time frame in which the objective is to be reached. Between now and the end of the fall semester of this year, you can measure your progress. Is your GPA 2.9 by the end of the spring semester? Then you can say you’re making progress towards your goals. If you’re still 2.6 at the end of the spring semester, you need to buckle down and get to work. You have to reestablish your priorities. If you’re 2.8 at the end of the fall semester, you’ve failed to meet your goals. Now you have to figure out why, determine what you need to do to get your grades up, and set more stringent goals — perhaps a lot of interim milestones (mini-goals) so you can keep better track on your progress.
This is what “goal setting” is all about.
Then write from the outline.