Let’s be real: It’s common for everyone to make overly ambitious resolutions every year that end up being extremely hard to keep. For example, resolving to get six-pack abs or keep a perfect GPA might be attainable for some, but will prove to be a struggle for those who barely make it to the gym or class as it is. Here are those typical resolutions, edited to be more realistic.
• Resolution: Stave off academic laziness
Whether you’re a freshman or a senior on a victory lap, academic laziness can sneak up on you near the end of the fall semester, enduring winter break and persisting well into the spring — if not taken care of early. Even though the weather is cold, and one of the only interesting upcoming events is the sunny prospect of spring break, focusing on classes and making decent grades should continue to be a priority until graduation. While sleeping through classes can be tempting and downright cozy, making a (conscious) appearance so that your professors at least know who you are can positively affect your GPA. Resolve to get the education that your tuition pays for this semester and make it to classes more often.
• Resolution: Go to the gym — or at least locate it on a map
After a holiday season filled with a complete lack of moderation and portion control, exercise may seem like an unappealing activity for those still hiding behind those tacky sweaters. Although this is the most cliché of resolutions, getting in shape is a goal that many students won’t regret come time for spring break. Resolving to go to the gym before spending a night curled up with Netflix can spark a healthy habit.
Bonus: Most colleges and universities have gyms and recreation centers already included in student fees. Use your time in college to not only get in shape for free, but to maybe even pick up a new sport. Ever wanted to try racquetball? Might as well try it now while it’s free!
• Resolution: Give to charity
During the holiday season, most students are fortunate enough to receive new technology, new shoes and a whole new arsenal of clothes. Instead of cramming this stuff into your already packed dorm room, consider cleaning out your closet and donating those old and unused threads to charity so someone else can use that too-small winter coat. Not only will giving to charity make you feel like you’re doing good, it can also lighten your load for when it’s time to move.
• Resolution: Learn to manage stress effectively
For some college students, unwinding is as simple as a trip to the bars. News flash: Drinking isn’t the best way to effectively manage stress, nor is it the healthiest. Letting stress fester can lead to negative side effects, with some as serious as anxiety and depression. Getting organized early and staying organized can dramatically reduce the amount of forgotten assignments or missed exams. Already organized, but still a ball of stress? Take some time out of your day to do something endorphin-producing, such as exercising or watching a funny video before delving into a time-consuming project. Also, don’t underestimate the good that talking to on-campus counselors can do. Most universities have counseling services that are free, cheap or able to be charged to students’ bursar accounts.
• Resolution: Plan your summer
There’s nothing worse than being stuck in your hometown for three months without a job, internship or any travel plans. Early this semester, start thinking about how you want to spend those summer months before your options dwindle down. Many internships accept applications from January to April, so procrastinating students have months to apply and decide which internships would interest them. Summer study abroad programs have time-consuming applications that sometimes require references and complicated paperwork. Resolving to at least glance over some opportunities this semester will prevent you from a potential summer of boredom back at your parents’ house.
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