Wellness Wednesday: Planning Ahead?

First off, I think the line “planning ahead” is redundant.  Doesn’t “planning” indicate it is “ahead” of something happening?

My question of the day is related to whether or not “planning” is a personality trait, and whether or not planning is essential for success. You can do your own Google search to see what the psychological experts say. 

Why is this on my mind?  Because I’m an academic advisor.  And with my colleagues in the Advising Center, we try our best to encourage our advisees to schedule appointments, plan ahead, get an education plan laid out and basically plan and prepare for Spring term courses (Note: And I know you’re in the middle of midterms — good luck!).

Are you ready and willing to plan out next term’s classes, your pathway to graduation, or explore other majors? Have you reviewed DegreeWorks: Academic Planner (accessed from My LB applications) to see what courses are needed? Have you read the notes from your last advising visit?

If you’d like to get the classes you need, and plan ahead for in-person and/or online options, then

  • Write your advisor!!!!!!!!!!!! Better yet, schedule an appointment. 
  • Drop into the Advising Center to get a quick question answered.  Call 541-917-4780 or drop into the Advising Center. Our temporary offices are located in the Learning Center; Willamette Hall 2nd floor. 

“Without goals and plans to reach them, You are like a ship that has set sail with no destination” — Fitzhugh Dodson

As I mentioned earlier this year, in the Advising Center our motto is “We Advise, You Decide.” We want you to be successful. We want you to find your passion. We want to be your guide and coach to help you achieve your goals. We work with other faculty, advisors and student services across campus to give you wraparound support. Tell us what you need and where you’re going.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The phrase comes from a poem entitled “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. The expression gained popularity in the 1937 novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

Planning is important. Planning gives you a course of action. Planning calls for deeper thought, thinking ahead, reflecting within, imagining the future. You cannot control the outcome, but with planning, you can control the steps you can take. 

And as a reminder, you’re in Week 5 and it’s time to plan and soon register for the next term. (Yep, wildly weird in the land of ten week terms to already be registering!) BIG HINT: SPRING TERM REGISTRATION OPENS ON FEB. 9 FOR VETERANS AND FEB. 13 FOR EVERYONE ALREADY TAKING CLASSES (some fine print on the registration page about who can register when, so do look into the details.) https://www.linnbenton.edu/calendars/academic-calendar.php)

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