Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


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Published in Quill August 2008. Quill is published and copyright by the Society of Professional Journalists. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


I think college is much more than a time to gather career-related skills. I'd love to see a college course focusing on life management skills and creating life plans so students can live life to the fullest. My philosophy about this type of education extends beyond journalism. Life management includes skills such as setting goals, managing time, resources and money and making sohd decisions that affect the present and the future. Setting goals is critical to achieving any level of success — however one defines success — because goals provide direction in all aspects of life. In many of the workshops I offer, I use a SMART strategy to help people create goals they can win. A SMART goal, for example, is specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-focused.