9 New Year’s Resolutions Every College Freshman Should Make

It’s the end of the year and September seems like a long, long time ago. You might have made some goals at the start of the semester, but have you stuck with them? Do you actually even remember them? I’m not going to hold it against you if you’re shaking your head to both questions. And you shouldn’t beat yourself up, either. Sometimes, when we make goals before we start things, they’re not exactly realistic. Or, we later realize that they’re not exactly relevant.

That’s why I’m suggesting that when you’re working on your New Year’s resolutions, you think about school. Forget about those awful, cliche resolutions that no one does like doing 500 push-ups a day or winning the lottery. Focusing on college can actually result in some realistic resolutions that you can actually accomplish. Need some inspiration? Here are nine good New Year’s resolutions college freshman should make.

To Stop Procrastinating

If you're already saying that you'll make your New Year's resolutions later, things aren't starting off on the best foot. Make them now and have one be to stop procrastinating. Procrastinating makes a situation more stressful. You know what? It's actually less stressful starting something than thinking about starting something.

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To Better Balance School and Play

This first semester, you might have gone a little crazy with living on your own and not having many rules. Or, maybe you spent 12 hours in the library and frequently fell asleep there. Both situations are no good for your self-care or for your grades. That's why in the new year I encourage you to resolve to find a better balance between academics and fun time.

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To Feel Confident In Your Decisions

Until the end of high school, we were pretty used to people making decisions for us and having to go along with them. Then we got to choose colleges and majors. It was probably scary at the time. And you probably still feel overwhelmed making other big decisions. It's natural, but everyone can work on feeling more comfortable. Try to have more conviction with your choices and feeling confident that your decision is what is best for you.

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To Explore All The Different Resources On Campus

You were probably introduced to some of your college's facilities on tours and during orientation, but a few sentences about them is not enough to fully understand them. Not to mention that there are countless others that weren't mentioned. I know you're busy with deadlines and reading, but make it a goal to see what other things your school has. You're paying good money so you might as well use them. Plus, some of them could help with your grades and even your future job.

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To Actually Ask For Help When Needed

Asking for help in high school was intimidating, but it can be even more intimidating when you're in a lecture with 200 other people and your prof only knows you by a number. I know it's scary, but if you don't understand something, speak up. You could ask a friend, a fellow classmate, a TA, or your prof. If you don't feel comfortable doing it during the lecture, do it by email or in office hours with your prof. Keeping quiet really only hurts you.

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To Make Meaningful Friendships

College isn't just about studying. College is an experience that involves lots of things. And relationships can be a big part of it. Like your residence orientation leader might have said, this is probably the last time you will be an organized setting with like-minded people, so connect with these people. You already have an advantage because you're living and studying with people who have similar interests as you.

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To Stop Stressing Out And Relax

I know it's easier said than done when you having mounting student debt and the pressure of going on academic probation if you fail a course. It's important that you do acknowledge the potential issues in the situation, but you don't let them consume you. Focusing on them too much will only stress you out, which will make studying and finishing that essay more of a challenge. Therefore, resolve to put more of a focus on relaxing.

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To Actually Study In Study Groups

Do you have a study group, but it's really an excuse for you and friends to gossip? Are you lucky if someone even brings their books? In the new year, focus on actually studying in your so-called study group. You'll be surprised at how effective studying in a group can actually be. If you find yourself missing your chill out time with friends, set aside other time when you can hang.

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To Be More Focused

Be honest with me right now. How many other things have you done while reading this post? I won't be offended. My point is that your so-called *multitasking* could actually be hurting you. You might think you're being super productive, but in reality, all the switching seriously slows people down. In 2018, make an effort to become more focused. That means quit Snapchatting after writing one sentence of an essay.

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What resolutions are you making this year? Let us know in the comments!

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