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Andrew Adams

Champaign, Il
Andrew

major and graduation

Communication - Graduation Date: May 2020 

Short-Term Goals

My short term goals are organized broadly into personal goals and career related goals. I believe it's important to treat them equally and talk about them equally, since "working full time" only accounts for half of your waking hours.

My personal goals are all focused on creating a structure and routine to my day-to-day life so that I can effectively manage my work-life balance. To this end, I create daily to-do lists with the day's hyper short term goals and set time aside to reflect on how well they were met. I'm also trying to gain new skills and abilities to enjoy the non-work parts of my life a little more. Some of my specific goals for the next year include:
- Create or revise my weekly calendar every Sunday this semester
- Sleep an average of higher than 6 hours a night this semester
- Read a new book every three weeks for the next year
- Learn to play the banjo by graduation
- Try a new juggling pattern every month (I'm a former street performer, what can I say?)

My primary career related goal is to graduate and find gainful employment! I hope to find work in a journalism-related field, ideally with a paper where I can report on civic life or science related news (since those are two of my biggest passions). I am currently writing freelance for several papers and the campus newspaper and hope to translate this reporting experience into the start to a successful career. Some of my specific goals for the next year include:
- Earn a 3.25 GPA both semesters this year
- Publish at least one thing every week until graduation
- Publish four "investigative" pieces this year
- Help CULC reach 200 attendees and presenters
- Get hired by graduation!

Long-Term Goals

My long term goals all rely on a mantra that I center myself and my life on. I believe firmly that my mission in life is to advance the human condition. I treat these as 15 to 25 year categories of goals. To actually write out all of the minor goals would be a lot to read, so I'm going to describe my four goal categories.

Teach people that need to learn.

- There are communities of people in the world that would be infinitely better for having been taught something. Whether its communities who have never had to deal with climate change being taught how to irrigate crops in a new way or Chicago kids who would learn from a lecture on chemistry, I hope to be a voice that helps someone.

Create knowledge that will society advance.

- In my life, I hope create some knowledge or tool or process that will help move the notion of what is possible along. I hope to collaborate and help bring out new ways of thinking through the processes of research and review.

Write something the world needs to read.

- I am a writer, through and through. I believe that our society's history, its debate, its lifeblood is in the stories we tell and the things we write. I hope to use the knowledge I have gained throughout my life to build a story that will help people better understand the world around them.

Be a force for good for the people who gave me what I need to succeed.

- This one is plain and simple: there are people and organizations in my life that sacrificed more than I'll know and took bigger risks than they should have to help me succeed. I want to pay them back. 

Leadership Experience

  • Scholar - Leadership Academy - March 2017 to present
  • Planning Board Co-Chair - Chicago Undergraduate Leadership Conference - October 2017 to May 2019
  • Social Media and Graphic Design Manager - Phi Kappa Sigma - February 2017 to May 2019
  • Secretary - Phi Kappa Sigma - May 2017 to November 2017
  • New Member Educator and Ritualist - Phi Kappa Sigma - November 2017 to November 2018
  • Social Chair - Phi Kappa Sigma - November 2018 to May 2019 


I've also had "non-leadership" positions in which I try to practice leadership behaviors, since leadership is more about the process of effecting change in a group rather than specific supervisory titles.

  • Writer - TechNews, Smile Politely, Gazette Chicago - various dates
  • Show Host - WIIT - October 2018 to present
  • Submissions Editor - Uncanny Magazine - June 2016 to present