This week we decided to take a break from research with a fun but important activity; creating vision boards! As an undergraduate it's easy to lose sight of your direction, especially when you're still deciding on what it is you want to do. As such, vision boards are intended to get our members thinking about their short and long-term career and academic goals. In creating their boards, we encourage our members to make specific plans with tentative dates. We feel that this is an effective self-accountability measure; a gentle reminder of what members are working toward when motivation is scarce. Having a back-up plan is something we also encourage as there will be times when goals are not met, after all; setbacks are a part of life. It's important to understand that as developing academics, it's more than likely that your goals will change, and that is ok! For this reason, we have our members draft their goals onto stick notes, to be altered as needed. Vision boards not only serve as self motivators, but markers to look back on, showing how much respective members have grown and changed. We wrapped this meeting with members sharing their boards, and encouraged our members to post them on their walls. It's great to see the variety in our member paths, and this activity sets-up members up nicely for our careers in psych meeting that follows.
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