New Year, New Goals!

By: Texas OnCourse
reading time icon2 min

At Texas OnCourse, we love the new year as a time for reflection and intention setting. This doesn’t necessarily mean out with the old, in the with the new – rather, what’s been working well and what are some new things to try? With that in mind, we tapped our dedicated community of leader fellows to see what their visions are for themselves and their students in 2019.

What are your personal and professional resolutions for 2019?

“I need to create more ‘white space’ in my calendar as a high school counselor, mom of three, etc. I'm learning to use my ‘best yes’ and the word ‘no’ with grace! I want to finish the Texas OnCourse Academy modules. Read books more and use devices less, for me and my kids. Get healthy. I'm learning you can't pour from an unhealthy, drained cup!” —Amy Fountain, High School Counselor in Kirbyville CISD

“Generate more awareness about higher education and FAFSA/TASFA.” —Anonymous

“Continue my professional development by visiting colleges my students apply to. Attend TACAC conference in March.  Offer more presentations for students and parents and share Texas OnCourse resources with them.” —Holly Moore, College Bound Advisor in Waxahachie ISD

“I plan to add more technology applications into how I work. I'm working on my PhD in learning technologies, so this is a logical next step for me! I also plan to continue my morning workout routine and afternoon yoga practice for self-care. I hope to improve myself physically and mentally.” —Jennifer Ritter, Counselor in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

Tell us about your specific goals for your classroom/students!

“I want all seniors to get a CCMR point, complete one ApplyTexas application, and fill out the FAFSA.” —Amy Fountain, High School Counselor in Kirbyville CISD

“Troy HS will participate in SAT School Day for the first time. Also, all juniors will take the TSIA by the end of the year.” —Mollie Huber, Counselor in Troy ISD

“Increase FAFSA completion by 5% year over year.” —Holly Moore, College Bound Advisor in Waxahachie ISD (Check out our blog post on how Holly increased FAFSA completion by 21% in Grand Prairie ISD in 2017–2018!)

“I intend to make sure all of my seniors graduate on time and with a solid college/career plan in place. I am also working to decrease summer melt.” —Jennifer Ritter, Counselor in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

Many thanks to our leader fellows for sharing these intentions. As always, we look forward to supporting Texas educators, counselors, advisors, students, and families in all things college and career readiness. Join us in making and following a plan for postsecondary success in 2019! Modules to help you learn more about financial aid, career pathways, postsecondary pathways, and specialty areas are available FREE in the Texas OnCourse Academy 24/7.