Personal Success Plan Checklist and Worksheet
Walden’s Personal Success Plan offers students a blueprint for professional and academic success. Life can interrupt even the best made plans, but the Walden University staff and faculty are here to help.
Use this checklist and worksheet to seek and use your newly acquired academic knowledge with the additional resources we provide for your success.
Under each category you will find many components that you can use like a checklist. Then you will find a space to fill in some information about your goals in this category. Talk about your plans in this area: have you already done this? What do you need to do? How will you do it? When?
Finally, at the end of this document is a space for you to write a few paragraphs about your short term and long term goals.
(Resources available via your academic advisor)
Ø Complete Authorization to Release Information form. (Note to Academic Advisor: please locate, under “Program Forms”), to establish an emergency contact.
Learn about the Student Assistance Program.
Learn more about Walden drop dates (if necessary, you will need to complete a Withdrawal Form); understand what a leave of absence means.
Learn how to contact Disability Services for any ongoing medical concerns.
What are your plans for Emergency Management? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Clearly explain your educational goals to your family and closest friends.
Identify childcare options, if necessary, so you are able to focus on your school work.
Establish a dedicated study area and print your course schedule, so you know what is due on a weekly basis.
Discuss your new academic priorities to those who matter most to you.
What are your plans for Family Life? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Classroom Management: Walden Resources Available
If you need to request an extension on an assignment, contact your instructor within the classroom and provide evidence for your request.
Review the class syllabus in Week 1, note all due dates on the schedule so you can see potential conflicts with work and life obligations.
Review Walden’s Academic Calendar.
If you have questions or concerns about classroom expectations, contact your faculty and your advisor.
What are your plans for Classroom Management: Walden Resources Available? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Plan a routine to take care of yourself.
Develop a support circle of friends and family to encourage you to move forward in your degree.
Identify a health mentor (colleague, friend, health professional, or guidance counselor) to whom you can go to for guidance.
Make time for healthy food decisions and regular exercise.
What are your plans for Self-Enrichment? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Technology Support & Plan
Create a plan for if your internet goes out or your computer goes down; know how to back-up assignments.
Identify the software that is new to you that you need to practice; recognize any gaps in your technology tool kit, and ask about additional resources.
Locate a technology mentor to help you (face to face or virtual; learn about Walden’s student support services).
What are your plans for Technology Support & Plan? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Establish a financial plan for your time in college.
Consider your program and potential career path during and after your degree.
Update your resume (Walden’s Career Services offers a free software called Optimal Resume).
Identify and catalog your professional skills; determine what skills are necessary to obtain your professional goals.
Sign up for a Walden Career Services Webinar.
What are your plans for Professional Guidance? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Schedule an appointment with your advisor, and look closely at your competing obligations.
Contact and review resources on time management at Walden’s Career Services Website.
Utilize time between terms for designing an action plan; work to make school a crucial space in your intellectual life.
Make steps to create a space for learning in your life, and never miss an opportunity to gain useful knowledge when it is presented to you.
What are your plans for Time Management? Discuss what, how, and when you’ll accomplish these tasks as part of your success plan. (address at least 2 of these)
Short Term and Long Term Goals
Think about why you are here at Walden.
What do you hope to gain: academically, professionally, personally?
What do you hope to learn and apply?
How do you think you can plan to include social change in your personal and/or professional life?
What specific ways to this class and the assignments you’ve completed help you form these goals?
Use this space to write at least 2-3 paragraphs about your Short Term and Long Term Goals.
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