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Inside Kendall

Start a Successful Year at Kendall

By Kim Shambrook, Kendall’s Interim President

At the start of the new school year, it’s very important to set goals and, although this is easier said than done, find a natural flow to your week. Although it may take a bit of time to find a balance, everything you invest now will prepare you to have a very successful quarter.

Start by finding your rhythm. Students frequently share with me that 10 weeks go by in no time. Learn what you can accomplish and how long it takes you. Start by setting aside time to study and meet with your faculty members to ask questions. Set intentions the first week and keep revising your priorities so you don’t miss a goal.

Take pride in your work. This dovetails with my first piece of advice. If you plan your time well, you will be able to produce a good paper. You’ll listen more intently. Your focus won’t be divided and you won’t feel rushed. Invest your time to do a great job.

Develop relationships with your faculty. Faculty will help guide and mentor you. Pick their brains—and ask not just how to launch your career, but how to keep growing once you’re in a position. They are a wealth of information.

Make a friend from another country. Kendall has so many international students. It’s important to break away from your typical groups. There’s no better place to do that than campus. Not only will you learn a lot, you’ll also be able to support one another, which is rewarding in and of itself.

Be curious! Explore the city. There’s so much to take in—from local restaurants to shows, parks and neighborhoods. Make sure to allow yourself time to explore new things and always keep a sense of curiosity about the world you live in.

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