By: Alexis Walters | Dec 21 2018
A new year signifies a mental “reset button” where we can put last year’s troubles behind us, and hope for success in the future. New Year’s resolutions are promises we make to ourselves to inspire us to grow and prosper in the upcoming year. When you’re in college, you’re faced with more challenges, which means more opportunities for resolutions. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1.) Study more
Sometimes college can be so exciting, you forget why you’re there—to learn! A great resolution is to commit to focusing more on your studies. Create a study group, block off dedicated time on your calendar, or make good use of the library at your university; do whatever motivates you to hit the books!
2.) Stay active
Resolutions involving exercise tend to be a popular choice, but with college life being so busy, you may be struggling to find the motivation to stay active. Keep in mind that exercise does not have to be lifting weights or running on a treadmill.
You can start by walking to more of your classes if you currently use a car to drive around campus. Also, many universities have amazing recreational facilities that you can access for free –take advantage of this perk while you can, and find out if your recreation center offers classes you might enjoy. Lastly, try to find a workout buddy. It’s always easier to stay active if you have another person with you to keep you on track.
3.) Eat healthier
Another popular resolution definitely revolves around eating better. In college, the main food groups can sometimes consist of ramen noodles, easy mac, and pizza. While delicious and perfectly fine in moderation, basing an entire diet off of these staples isn’t the healthiest. So, how can you still eat well while on a college student budget? Some cheap and healthier alternatives are frozen veggies, potatoes, eggs, rice, and oats.
4.) Call home more often
It can be hard to stay in touch with friends and family while navigating a difficult semester of classes, exams, and papers. However, it’s important to carve out time to call home and get the support you need. Whether it’s venting, or just hearing a familiar voice, connecting with loved ones can give you the strength you need to get through the rough times.
5.) Get on honor roll
While receiving a degree is the basic end-goal for most college students, graduating with honors can really set you apart from your peers when you’re job hunting. It can also give you a leg up for scholarships if you are continuing your education with an advanced degree.
6.) Party less
Everyone agrees that college in the stage in your life when you are expected to party your heart out. While that sounds like fun, sometimes too much partying can take a toll on your body and mind. If you’ve been struggling with hangovers, or missing classes because of having too much fun the night before, skipping out on more parties might be a helpful resolution.
7.) Get involved
College towns tend to have very engaged communities. If you’ve fallen in love with your college town, you may want to consider looking into volunteer opportunities and ways to give back. Don’t know where to start? Animal shelters, food pantries, and shelters are always looking for extra help.
8.) Make new friends
For those moving to a new city for college, or are more introverted, making friends can be hard. Even if you go to college with your high school friends and aren’t hurting for more, it is always good to expand your horizons. Try chatting with some of your classmates next semester; if you’re in the same classes, chances are you probably have similar interests.
9.) Save money
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