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Journal Writing Project - Goal Setting


Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Goal setting. It is one of the most valuable lessons you will learn and develop throughout your life. We start setting goals for ourselves back in elementary school when our teachers ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" As many children answer a teacher, a police officer, or even the President of the United States, they are already setting their very first goals. We even set goals for ourselves when we are not thinking about them. Goal setting can be a powerful tool in being successful and living an enjoyable life. And when we are conscious about setting high standards and reasonable goals, we can achieve things that we may not have even imagined.

A little over a year ago as I was getting ready to enter my junior year, I was thinking about what career path I would like to follow in the future years of my life. I knew I was interested in writing and English. I was also very interested in current events and the news. I realized journalism was a good mixture of both areas. Getting some experience in the field was my objective, so I began scanning local newspapers for youth internships. This was when I came across an advertisement in the Fillmore County Journal seeking freelance writers. Before I knew it, I was covering school board meetings and writing columns similar to this one. When I first started, I remember my nerves caused me to think to myself, "What I write better be good, it's actually for a large audience of readers. How am I going to do this?" Looking back on those days now, I can tell you that I learned to set goals. Meeting deadlines, writing drafts, and prioritizing tasks were all achieved through goal setting. To this day I constantly set personal goals: at work, at school, and when I write.

Now that we are into the second month of our new academic year and my last year of high school, my goal list is more extensive than it has ever been before. Establishing college plans and focusing on my advanced and post-secondary classes all take a considerable amount of effort. Each day I fill out a special designated notebook of what I wish to get accomplished ... Some may consider this a bit obsessive, but it keeps me organized.

A few years ago, Lanesboro High School started a new homeroom program that focuses on instructing positive initiatives to students. Repeatedly, a lesson on goal building has shown up during these sessions. Even last week we were having a discussion on identifying our goals and how we were go .....
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Journal Writing Project - Goal Setting

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Goal setting. It is one of the most valuable lessons you will learn and develop throughout your life. We start setting goals for ourselves back in elementary school when our teachers ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" As many children a ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - The significance of setting goals

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

How many of us have set goals before and not really worked towards them? I know I have. Before my senior year I had a tendency to do this. I have realized if you set goals and achieve them you are more motivated to do things and accomplish them.
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Journal Writing Project - Choosing your path

Fri, May 13th, 2011
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As my junior year at Lanesboro High School comes to a close, I observe the events of the class of 2011: scholarship banquets, baccalaureate, graduation, discussion of final summer plans, and freshmen year college anticipation. Taking in these events ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Always last minute

Fri, May 6th, 2011
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This may sound weird, but it took me until my senior year to notice something about me. I have always gotten my work done, and always got the grades I wanted. The thing I didn't realize is how much I procrastinated.

My teacher had been hound ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Home - 5/2/11

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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Home, it's where the heart is, home sweet home. Dictionary.com defines home as a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. To me, home is what has made me who I am today. I believe that everyon ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - A trip to D.C.: no politics involved

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
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Looking back upon the past articles I've had published this year, I realized neither of them were personalized all too much. I wrote about topics that were important or relevant to the times, but I didn't exactly let you readers into the know about ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Who Knows What the Future May Hold

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
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It was hard deciding on a topic that I would like to write on for my last article. After asking my family and some of my friends, they all told me to write on the same thing, my last few months of high school and what I plan on doing next year. Thin ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - A boy and his cat

Mon, Apr 11th, 2011
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Sure, boys are tough.  And my little brother, I've always thought was one of the toughest. But, I learned recently that he actually does have a heart. Here's how it happened.

It was a twenty below windchill day last winter when he walk ..... 
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