SE seminar teaches goals for success

By Hayden Priest/reporter

SE students learned about the benefits of goal setting at a Feb. 4 workshop. 

SE computer science instructor Gracie Williams led the workshop helping students to set goals for their education and careers. She said she wanted to help students “understand that to accomplish a goal and get a degree [that it] does not happen overnight and to set measurable goals to get it done.”

The workshop focused on setting SMART goals, standing for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Students worked together on building and sharing their goals. Many students had goals of starting a career with their degrees while others hoped to set an example for their families to go to college as well.

Williams guided students to “become a goal getter and not just a goal setter.” Students covered situations where putting their education on hold was justified and how their education was as high a priority as everything else.

Eli Rahhal went to gain tools he could use in the classroom. He is a returning student who had previously dropped out.

“I’m 21 now, and [at that age when] you want to go back to school and get your degree,” he said.

Rahhal hopes the knowledge he gained will allow him to finish college.