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Welcome to SHAD Carleton! We’re busily planning your SHAD program and thinking of all we want it to be to give you the best SHAD experience possible. You also have expectations, hopes, goals and plans for SHAD, and we want you to put these to paper, real paper with a pen!

Your task is two-fold:

1.  Write down 3 goals you have for SHAD on a white 4×6 card or piece of paper (don’t put your name on it please!) and

2.  Write us a real, old-fashioned letter, in your own handwriting which talk about these goals you have set for SHAD.

Goal setting is incredibly powerful. You may have heard the anecdote about the 3% of Yale graduates who set clear, written goals for themselves and ended up earning more than the rest of their graduating class! Goal setting also encourages you to put in substantial effort to achieve your goals. We’d like to hear about your goals as part of your letter. Your goals can follow this outline:

  1. At the end of your time at SHAD, what would you like to have achieved?
  2. What will you contribute to the program?
  3. What are your goals in coming to SHAD?

3 goals

For each of these three areas, what is your ideal end result? Set goals for getting to your ideal result!

No idea how to start? If your end result is to leave Shad with 59 new amazing lifelong friends, some potential goals you could set include:

  • “I know every Shad’s name by Day 3.”
  • “I sit beside a new person at every meal in the first week.”

Or let’s say you want to learn as much as you possibly can from the visiting lecturers, workshops and seminars. Some goals you could set would include making sure you take advantage of opportunities to sit with invited faculty at meals, following up on information learned during lecture, or making sure to take good notes so you can retain what you have learned.

These are just examples, so don’t feel limited by them. Any end result is great, as long as it’s what you want to get out of the program. The important thing is to set specific goals that are personal, present and time-bound. Setting personal goals, using “I” instead of “we” or “us” helps you take responsibility for their completion, and setting them in the present tense sends a signal to your brain that they’ve already happened, making them that much more achievable!

So think about what you want to get out of the program, give to the program and achieve during the program, and how you’re going to get there. Then write it all down and send it to us in the mail (the old-fashioned kind, not email). Feel free to include any additional information or thoughts in your letter that you would like us to know about.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

You can start your letter with something like:

Dear SHAD,

…We don’t know each other yet, but I know we’re going to be good friends really soon!
…I’m so excited to meet you!
…It’s strange writing to someone I don’t know yet, but I know we’re going to be best friends in no time!

Your letter and 4×6 card should be put IN A MAILBOX no later than May 15th, 2018.

Please address your letter to: Erin Engelhardt, Carleton University SHAD Program
c/o Office of the Dean,
Faculty of Engineering and Design
Minto Centre 3010
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6