Personal s. M. A. R. T. Goals

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A Portfolio Project
Name:______________________________________ OneGoal Class:_________________________
Instructions to Apprentices: Few people truly take the time to identify personal goals for themselves, and even fewer break their goals down into concrete steps that can be acted upon. As OneGoal Apprentices, you all are looking forward to graduating from college. However, on an individual level, these goals may be more specific or unique to your own journey ahead. This short Portfolio Project is designed to lead you to identify, break down, and act upon your goals in order to reach success!
PART A: Read the quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and reflect upon your own goals. Work independently to complete the worksheet’s three questions. Be prepared to share your goals with your cohort next class session.
PART B: Review the sample S.M.A.R.T. goals provided. Then turn the un-S.M.A.R.T. goals into S.M.A.R.T goals based on what you’ve learned in class.
PART C: Use the goals you identified in PART A, with the skills you practiced in PART B, to turn your own goals into S.M.A.R.T. goals.


A Portfolio Project: PART A
Alice, speaking to Cheshire Cat:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where,” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

--Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

Imagine that you were to meet the Cheshire Cat along your life’s path and stopped to ask him directions. To avoid Alice’s mistake, where would you tell him you want to get to so that he can best direct you down the proper path?

My post-high school goals are:

My career goals are:

My post-high school goals will help me achieve my career goals because…


A Portfolio Project: PART B

Instructions to Apprentices: Each of the following sentences voices a goal that someone, a student like you, may have for him or herself. However, there’s something wrong with these statements: they are too general to be acted upon! There’s no path to follow! Your job: take each of these un-S.M.A.R.T. goals and turn them into S.MA.R.T. goals. Then, offer ‘the student’ a tip on how to prepare to meet this goal. Be creative in your answers, and remember, in order to satisfy the criteria, the goal must be:

Specific, Measurable, Ambitious/Achievable, Realistic/Rewarding/Relevant, & Time-Based

Example 1:

  • ‘Pat’s goal is to play a sport.’ (un-S.M.A.R.T because it doesn’t describe how it will be measured and it is not time-based.)

  • ‘Pat wants to start at cornerback on the varsity football team by the beginning of his junior year season, and lead the team in interceptions run back for touchdowns.’ (S.M.A.R.T.)

    • Tip: Cornerbacks need to be fast in order to make interceptions. Pat should make sure to include sprints in his workouts to build up that explosive speed he’ll need in order to reach his goal.

Example 2:

  • ‘Jasmine wants to do better in biology this quarter.’ (un-S.M.A.R.T because it doesn’t describe how it will be measured.)

  • ‘Jasmine wants to bring her grade up from a B to an A- in biology this quarter, which means she will need to receive an A on every unit exam and complete 95% of all homework assignments in the next two months.’ (S.M.A.R.T.)

Example 3:

  • ‘De’Vonte’s goal is to join student government.’ (un-S.M.A.R.T. because it doesn’t describe how it will be measured and is not time-based.)

  • ‘De’Vonte’s goal is to have 150 students sign a commitment to vote for him, 25 ‘Vote for Me’ posters made, and his speech written by November 1st in order to be on track to be elected Treasurer of student government this fall’.

‘Kiki’s goal is to find an after-school job.’

‘Damien needs to get more sleep.’


A Portfolio Project: PART B

‘Mayra wants to do well on her college entrance exam.’

‘Shantae hopes to have a high-paying career.’

‘Michelle wants her mom to go to the doctor for a check-up.’

‘Evan wants to be on stage one day.’

‘Jackie needs to be a role model for her younger siblings.’

‘Tasha wants to go to college.’


A Portfolio Project: PART C

"A goal properly set is halfway reached." - Abraham Lincoln

My post-high school S.M.A.R.T. goals are (minimum 2 goals!):

My career S.M.A.R.T. goals are (minimum 2 goals!):

The next steps I will take today, while still in high school, to reach these goals include:






PORTFOLIO PROJECT: Self-Reflection Prompt

To be complete by the Apprentice/Fellow
Instructions to the Apprentice/Fellow: Prior to turning in your completed Portfolio Project, write a short essay reflecting on what you will take away from this experience. Your essay should demonstrate your ability to think deeply about the assignment and synthesize new ideas or next actions in regards to your path to college graduation. This essay will impact your final grade for the project; therefore, you should take into consideration the professionalism and clarity of your response. In your essay you should:

  1. Summarize the importance of this project. Why was this specific task assigned to you?

  2. Describe what you have learned from completing this project. Be personal and specific in your answer.

  3. Analyze how this project relates to one of the five Leadership Principles. Which principles did you need to rely on in order to get the most out of this project?

  4. Make a connection between what you’ve learned and your goal to graduate from college. What actions will you take as a result of this new information?

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