New School Year Resolutions

Aug 25, 2017

by Samantha Surrency '18

Every year in January, people make New Year’s resolutions, and let’s face it, most of these end within a week. Just like the beginning of a new calendar year, a new school year poses the opportunity to challenge yourself to do better every day. 

You may be thinking, “If most of these resolutions end in an early failure, why should I bother to make one?”

Our answer to that is to try starting small. Don’t promise to make major life changes or be too vague about what you want to accomplish, because that will set you up for failure. So here are a few common new school year resolutions and ways to go about them to inspire success.

1. Get more involved

It’s easy to lose sight of this one quickly because it’s vague. Getting involved could mean anything from attend every sporting event or join a few new clubs or even to make conversation with the nice lady at Buckstop.

Instead, try setting specific goals like attending more lectures in your field, joining one club that really interests you and participating in it, or talking to the other people in your classes.

2. Eat healthy

It’s hard to quit eating greasy food cold turkey. Instead of trying to quit all at once, maybe make a decision to use 2% milk instead of whole, promise yourself to eat at least one fruit or vegetable a day, or by ordering a Tall coffee at Tutu’s instead of the largest they make with six shots of espresso. You can definitely make a change to eat healthier, but you shouldn’t try to do this over night.

Intramurals are a good way to make friends or to get fit!

3. Make the President’s List

This is a great accomplishment to strive for, especially if you need some motivation in your classes. If you don’t think the President’s List is something within your reach, try a different academic goal like making the Dean’s List, or personal goals such as getting an A from a favorite professor or doing better in hard classes by asking for help when you need it.

4. Exercise More

A lot of people will try to go to the gym every day after they make this resolution and will usually quit that pretty quickly. While FSC’s Wellness Center has everything you need to get in shape, it’s not easy to make a major lifestyle change if you’re not already used to exercising regularly.

An easy way to stay committed to this one is to do it in small steps. Maybe try walking to class instead of driving, use the stairs instead of the elevator, or use Lakeland’s Zagster program to bike around town. If you’re really up to it, walking Lake Hollingsworth is a great way to get your daily exercise, and it’s right here on campus.

5. Keep track of due dates, tests, and other important dates

This one seems easy, but far too many students start out keeping a calendar and by the end of the semester are writing due dates on the back of their hands or random scraps of paper. For this, you could try buying an agenda or erasable calendar, or you could find a notebook to dedicate to writing down anything important.

If you don’t want to spend money on those things, you could try using highlighters to mark important dates in each class’s syllabus and making sure to write in any changes.

6. Plan for the future

While this one is vague, it can also be super simple. The whole point of college is preparing for the future, so there are myriad resources here to help you. You can do this by saving up your money and getting a killer savings account, using the Career Center to get an internship or to build your résumé, or by working with your academic advisor to help you plan out what you need to do.

Create a study group with your friends.

7. Do assignments early

While it’s not hard to jump on the procrastination wagon, almost every student tries to avoid this, at least for the first few weeks of the new semester. This one’s hard because a lot of it comes down to your own personal will power.

One way students have tried to avoid procrastination is by disconnecting from Wi-Fi until their homework is done. If you need the internet for your homework though, another way you could plan ahead is by scheduling study groups with your friends who also want to get their assignments done early.

8. Make new friends

An easy way to ease into this one is by talking to the people around you. Everyone likes new friends, and the kid who sits next to you in class is a great place to start. Maybe you could try hanging out in the Roger’s Lounge or in Tutu’s to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Joining a new club or going Greek are more good ways to make new friends.