Another list of goals

  • Eat well.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new eating places.
  • Budget. No, really. It’s not hard to write down expenses; it really isn’t.
  • Write. Nonfiction, fiction, poetry. I don’t care. Just keep writing.
  • Be organized about writing. Make lists. Make goals. Make lists of goals. Then stick to them.
  • Find a pen that you like.
  • Learn a dance and write it down. Repeat.
  • Don’t always zone out during UKJGS meetings. You actually can understand more than you think.
  • Practice ballet and Bharatanatyam a little each week. Also stretch.
  • Write down new word and memorize them. Carrying around your little notebook is not enough.
  • Review language school notes. Set aside time each week to do this. Make a schedule!
  • Write in Indonesian. If, by some miracle, you get a better grasp of Javanese, then write in Javanese too.
  • Be less embarrassed about speaking. This is the only way you will get better at speaking.
  • Talk to people more.
  • Work on your pronunciation. Listen to people. This will help.
  • Make full-semester plans. They don’t have to be fully formed, but you are always happier when there’s more planning involved.
  • Talk slowly in English.
  • Hang out with people in your offices more. They are cool.
  • Keep in touch with people. Respond to emails in a timely manner.
  • Think about traveling. Exploring Jogja also counts.
  • Consider saying yes before saying no.
  • Don’t freak out about how little time you have left.

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