Setting goals it the first step in making a dream into reality. Every semester I set 15 goals for the 15 weeks of the semester... here's the results! #CollegeAs you may have been able to tell from my recent summer related posts, I’m officially on Summer Vacation! 🙂

For the 4th semester in a row, I am here to share my results for the semester goals that I set at the start of the semester: 15 goals for the 15 weeks of the semester! I’ve found that sharing these keeps me accountable and helps me to feel more accomplished at the end of the semester.

Ready? Here we go!


1. Get at least a B in all classes + bonus points if I make the Dean’s List again!

Result: ✓ Did it! Didn’t make the Dean’s List, but I did get two B’s and two A’s this semester.


2. Don’t miss any deadlines for my Her Campus chapter.

Result: ✓ Success! My HC Chapter is always a big priority for me so this one wasn’t hard. Especially when I have a team of 60 girls behind me, it’s a great motivator to get this done.

3. Finish my paper for my Jesus in Film and History class before the day before it’s due.

Result: ✓ That’s right, I did it! I was a little iffy about this one when I made the goal, but it ended up working out. I finished 3/4 of the paper the week before it was due and then touched it up and did some final touches two nights before it had to be turned in.


4. Sell all my old textbooks which I was left with after last semester.

Result: ✓ While I didn’t actually sell the textbooks… I did look into it. I discovered that honestly, it’s more of a hassle to sell these than it’s worth. Apparently the books that I had were seriously not worth anything so I think I’ll just donate them instead. Since I looked into it though, I’m counting that as a win!


5. Limit eating out to only 2x a week… aka: cook for myself more often!

Result: ✓ I’ll be honest, at first this one was really difficult. I did cheat the first couple of weeks. I would try to hide it, but unfortunately my boyfriend, Anthony, and my best friend, Tori, both read my blog and they would call me out on it when I would try to get them to grab dinner with me “no Dani, you already ate out twice this week!” It was hard. I’m a busy person and grabbing some cheap fast food was so much easier and quicker than having to cook something. However, despite my best efforts, I did it! My boyfriend Anthony and I have now discovered a new love for cooking together and it has made this much easier. Not only is it healthier (even when we deep fry our food, hey at least we’re doing it ourselves right?) but it’s also more fun and saves a lot of money.


6. Decide on a planner for next year.

Result: ✓ While I haven’t purchased it quite yet, I know which one I’m getting! What is it going to be? I’m going to keep you on your toes just a little bit longer 😉


7. Post on Dani Dearest 6 times per month.

Result: X Nope. Life got away from me, school took priority, and I just couldn’t do it.


8. Go someplace over spring break!

Result: ✓ Yep! Anthony and I took a great trip up to San Francisco. It was so beautiful. Even though we both had the flu and were as sick as dogs, we had a fantastic time.

Finally getting a vacation ⛅🌳🌉

A photo posted by Dani Dearest (@danidearestblog) on


9. Feel more well rested.

Result: ✓ Shortly into this semester I changed dorms and it definitely helped me feel more relaxed and more well rested!


10. Keep my bedroom generally clean.

Result: ✓ Sure I let it get messy at times (like Finals Week for example) but I made a big effort to clean it multiple times a week and it paid off.


11. Make $2,500 from Dani Dearest all semester.

Result: ✓✓ Not only did I make over $2,500 in the whole semester… I made that much in one month! I’ve made leaps and bounds with my blog this semester and I’m so proud of it. 


12. Work at least 3 remote hours each week (in addition to the hours I get by going into the office.)

Result: X Unfortunately, I did not do this. I had the best intentions but couldn’t find the time.


13. Get housing figured out for next year (this is such a pain!)

Result: ✓ Complete! Next year I will be living with some of my best friends and I am so excited. After getting bullied out of my previous dorm room I am looking forward to living with some fantastic people.


14. Share my blog on my personal Facebook page.

Result: ✓ I’ll let you in on a secret here… this one was incredibly difficult for me. This is the reason why this post is so late. I didn’t want to have to leave this un-checked. But I did it! Two nights ago (yeah, super last minute) I posted on my Facebook page sharing my blog and everything that I have been working on this past year with my extended friends and family. So far the response has been pretty positive and I’m excited to see where this takes me. 


15. Get a summer internship.

Result: X I decided this summer to take a break from working 4 jobs and focus on only working two and taking some time to relax and recover before the Fall semester hits. So far, I am loving it!


Final Tally:

12/15 goals completed.

Not bad! I’m pretty happy with that number, I think that I worked hard made a lot of great things happened this past semester and that it shows.


Not sure how to make your own goals list? Check out my guide on making goals to improve productivity!

Did you reach your goals? Tell me what you did and didn’t do!



Spring 2016 Semester Goals: Results
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9 thoughts on “Spring 2016 Semester Goals: Results

    • June 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      That’s great Alexandra! I’d love to hear what goals you set 🙂

  • June 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    This is amazing, congrats!!
    All the tips for college are really useful. I want to ask you something: could you make a post on how to monetize a blog? Thank you ♥

    • June 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Aww thank you! I’m so glad that I can help you, Belle!
      I absolutely can 🙂 I’ve considered making that for a while now, but I’m never sure if people actually want to read that. I’ll consider it!
      Any other requests?

  • June 17, 2016 at 6:56 am

    WOW!! I am so impressed!! You did an incredible job on your goals this semester! I recently shared my blog on my personal page recently too. It was terrifying.

    I have so many comments about a ton of your goals, but it would be a mini-blog post here haha. They’re all so great and I love that you accomplished so many. Great job!

    • June 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Brittany! Whoo-hoo congrats on sharing your blog on your personal page! You made the jump, I’m sure it will be worth it 🙂

  • June 18, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Love reading all about your semester goals! Makes me a little nostalgic about college :’) I can totally relate with #4, each semester I was bound and determined to sell my textbooks but it was such a hassle! I ended up donating most of them too haha.
    Xx, K

  • July 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I love reading posts like this. Reading your goals gave me some ideas on goals I can make in college, like the one where you limited eating out to twice a week. Can’t wait for more content. Love your blog!!!

    • July 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      So glad I could help, Triasha! The limiting eating out goal was definitely the most difficult goal that I set, but also one of the most rewarding.. it’s a great challenge. 🙂


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