By Shannon Elward, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Today we’re talking about vision boards: What they are, why you should make one, and how you can make one at home. Vision boards are a great activity for all ages—from elementary students to adults and everyone in between!

What exactly is a vision board?

A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams and goals. It can help give you a better idea of what they are, and it can serve as motivation as you work toward your goals and your future. Vision boards can be big or small, organized or chaotic. The idea is that it works for you.

For this activity, create a vision board about your future. Think about your goals. What career do you want? What do you want to achieve in high school and college? What do you need to do to get there? Write these answers down and let your answers guide your board.

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Why should I make one?

Vision boards are a way to focus your goals, which is helpful any time of the year.

But right now, vision boards can be a creative outlet during a time of closures, social distancing and uncertainty. Being creative is one way to practice self-care, or making sure you take care of yourself mentally and physically. So try to unplug from social media and the news for a couple of hours and focus on you: on your goals and dreams and how you’re going to make them happen.

How can I make one?

There are a lot of ways to make a vision board come to life: drawing, coloring, creating word clouds, cutting and pasting images from magazines, pulling images off the internet, and so much more. Really, the sky’s the limit with a vision board, so let your creativity shine. To get you started, here are some options we think are great:

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  • Go old school: find a poster board or a piece of cardboard (whatever you have laying around the house will work) to be your board. Now, find some newspapers, sale ads, or magazines you might have at home. Cut out images and words that pertain to your goals and stick them on your board with glue or tape.
  • Try it out on your computer: You can use software like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Google Slides to create your vision board online. Find images online to paste into your vision board and add words along with the images. You can play with font size and color to make your vision board pop.
  • Use an app: If you have a smartphone, you can use an app like Canva (free to use with an account creation) to design a vision board on your phone. Just like on your computer, find images online and past them into a Canva template. We recommend looking at poster, photo collage and mood board templates to start. Canva does have a premium, paid version, so be sure you stick to the free options!

You can also Google vision boards or dream boards to find examples of what others are doing.

Educators: Find college and career activities, like vision boards and more, in our annual Learn More student success magazines.

We know that many Hoosier students, families and educators are coping with school day closures and elearning for the next few weeks in response to COVID-19. Over the next month, our blog will be dedicated to college and career readiness activities that can be done from home. And, don’t forget to explore our classroom materials page for grade-specific college, career and cost activities.

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