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2020 Vision

January 2, 2020

Tim Martin ’22

Looking back at 2019 I feel like I accomplished a lot. In 2019 alone, I published a book that is now sold on Amazon, maintained above a 3.0 GPA and was a two-sport athlete. One can not live life in the past, though, and must always look for ways to better themselves, whether that be academically, spiritually, physically or other. This blog will discuss what I plan on accomplishing in 2020.

As a second-semester sophomore college is flying by and soon enough I'll be applying for a job. Therefore, it is important I use my time correctly to position myself for the future. I have always been a firm believer that if you don't make money while you sleep you will work until you die. With that said, Oberlin College's Launch U is the perfect program to help me make money in my sleep as it teaches students how to launch a successful business. I am very excited to soak in the different information presented to me and add it to my business plans for the future. 

On top of furthering my knowledge of the business industry, I also plan on raising my GPA in 2020. While I am proud of myself for maintaining above a 3.0 GPA, I am not satisfied. As an Economics major internships are extremely competitive and I need to have as strong a resume as possible. To raise my GPA, I plan on continuing to use all of the available academic resources at Oberlin. I also plan on getting in contact with Oberlin alumni and talking to them about potentially interning at their company. A few of my friends that are seniors have interned at big companies over the past two years and have already secured six-figure jobs coming out of college. Thanks to them there is already a blueprint for success, I just have to follow it.

I also would love to become a residential assistant (RA) for the fall semester. The programs that the RA's at Oberlin come up with are always very inclusive, and I would like to become a part of building a tight-knit community at Oberlin. On top of that, I aim to be an Owl or Teaching Assistant (TA). Both of these positions involve teaching others and that is something I enjoy doing. Another motivation for gaining one of these jobs is that these two programs have always helped me academically and I would like to give back the knowledge I learned to the younger students, as I know how it feels to be in their position. 

As I mentioned earlier in the blog, I published a book in 2019. That book was a collection of short stories and poems titled Parentheses. Parentheses was very well received at Oberlin College and I felt very supported by the college as they posted about my book on various social media platforms. In 2020, I also hope to publish a book. This time though I hope for it to be a novel that I will print hardcovers of and have distributed to Barnes & Noble. While I know this is a big goal I believe you have to speak things into existence. If you don't believe in your dreams nobody will. 

Athletically there is only one way to improve. You have to consistently work hard at your craft. There is no stumbling upon newfound success in athletics. If you want to have success you are going to have to work for it. In 2020 I plan on taking incremental step after incremental step, that will eventually lead to a bigger picture. By the end of 2020, I hope to run a 4.4 40 yard dash, have a weight above 170 pounds and also improve my quickness. While I have a long road ahead of me to accomplish these goals, it is a road I'm willing to go down.

Most importantly, I strive to become a better and happier person in 2020. I want to be somebody that has a positive effect on others' lives. Coming to Oberlin College has really allowed me to see viewpoints of people coming from all over the world and I feel this makes me a more understanding person than I was in high school. When I graduate from Oberlin, I plan on launching a program that will help ensure that kids that come from an impoverished background are financially literate and understand their different career opportunities. Going to high school in Baltimore made me realize that after high school often kids from impoverished communities don't look at going to a four-year college as an option - I hope to change that.

As you can see I have a lot of big plans for 2020. From potentially publishing a novel to academic success to career planning, this year will be jam-packed. Through hard work and dedication, I hope to make all of these dreams a reality. Comment below and let me know what your 2020 goals are and how you plan on accomplishing them. Let's build and grow together!

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