As we are just stepping into this new year, it is important to sit back and reflect on upcoming goals and expectations whether that includes your career, academics, relationships, fitness, or finances. Setting goals and expectations for yourself is crucial because it helps create a sense of direction for your future. For many of us college students, we are often finding ourselves lost when going on this journey, but the best way to find your way when lost is to have a map. A map is used to as a guiding tool to take you from point A to point B and eventually to your destination.
Obviously, life does not come with a map but that doesn’t mean a map for your life cannot be created. A map for life can be expressed through different means and the most efficient and popular way this has come to life is through vision boards. Vision boards can be put together in different ways, but it generally is the visualization of your dreams, goals, and expectations.
Recently at La Salle University, two of the student organizations African American Student League (AASL) and Black Cultural Society (BCS) hosted a vision board making event. This event took place February 7th on La Salle’s campus with members from both organizations and of the student body. The event as mentioned was for the purpose of creating vision boards but also was presented to encourage and motivate students to achieve their goals. They provided things such as magazines, pictures, construction papers, boards and other art supplies to bring everyone’s ideas to life. Although there is not right way to create a vision board, here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a board which includes the following: where do you hope to see yourself in the next 3 years, what are things you are passionate about, what excites you or makes you happy, what new things do you hope to try or learn, and what changes would you like to see in yourself. These are just a few things among many guiding things to think about when creating your board.
Also keep in mind that there isn’t a right or wrong way to complete a vision board, is it strictly putting what you want for yourself on paper. When your vision board is complete, the best way for it to be effective is to place it in your own personal space. By doing so, you never lose sight of the direction for your life. Oprah Winfrey once said, “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.
Altogether, this event was a success in creating a safe space for students to feel comfortable, talk freely about their life plans and feel optimistic about the future. No one knows what the future will bring but, with a plan anything is possible to achieve. Special shout out to both AASL and BCS for bringing this event to campus.
This is just one of many wonderful events both organizations provide for the student body, as the semester continues look out for upcoming events! You don’t want to miss out!