Most Americans resolve to quit smoking, or quit swearing, or quit watching so many mind-numbing, reality bride shows. But as a college student, you’re already working towards one of the biggest resolutions there is: completing your degree. And your efforts are due to pay off in big ways. So this year, make a resolution that compliments your education and your professional goals. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Come up with a retort for all the cranky people who keep warning, “enjoy the party while it lasts!
As though everyone in the “real world” is so much more accountable and overworked than college students. Puh-lease. You’ve experienced jobs and internships. Your co-workers weren’t exactly deciphering Chaucer.
2. Invest in a good suit.
Try to avoid wearing the pants every week, just because you run out of clean laundry.
3. Stop tweeting about how hungry you are.
Unless your references to appetite leave room for the interpretation that you’re career-hungry and professionally driven. Well… Even then, it’s a little weird. Why is this news you want to share, anyway?
4. Once and for all, learn “it’s” versus “its” and “there” versus “their.”
Most people outside of college won’t notice or care, but consider the gesture a parting homage to your many patient professors.
5. Start a workout routine.
(Martini lunches are mostly a thing of the past, but there’s no shortage of burrito wagons at the doorstep of every American office park.)
6. If you’re planning to move back in with your parents – even temporarily – prepare Mom and Dad for the transition by adopting them a cat.
Ideally, this should be a headstrong cat that goes in and out at all hours of the night, and occasionally loses its (not it’s) house keys.
7. Develop a 5-year plan.
Leave room for travel and something fun – like guitar lessons or astronaut camp. The cranky people with all the unsolicited advice forgot to do this part.
8. Make a point to learn everything there is to know about your student loans.
This should include who you’re supposed to start paying after graduation, when and how much. As this will be a very boring and somewhat disheartening afternoon, treat yourself to something hilarious afterwards – perhaps a reality bride show.
9. Right now, establish an annual event with everyone you care about in your college circle.
Call it Ladder Golf Weekend or Cupcake Fest 2011 – whatever you all like to do. After commencement, these friends will scatter faster than you can spell Pomp and Circumstance . If you don’t institute some traditions, you’ll regret losing touch.
10. Spend an afternoon (or more) volunteering.
You’ll learn things about your community, your talents, and yourself. And all of those insights are well worth tweeting.
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