2014 was the year where Flappy Bird got us heated enough to flip tables. Where we lost legends of comedy, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, but gained millions for a cause in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Where Frozen took the world by storm and we just could not “Let It Go.”
Yes, 2014 was
a very good year. But, with every New Year comes new changes in all aspects of life. There are new
experiences, new jobs, new places, and a brand new semester for most college students.
With the first semester come and gone, we learn things about college and ourselves. Like eating healthy and regularly is easier said than done. Or, that keeping in contact with your friends from high school is harder than you thought. Maybe, your grades weren't as good as you had hoped for and it was a little disappointing.
With the New Year ringing in, people make promises or resolutions so that their year can start off with a bang. Some strive to get healthy, while others hope to be financially responsible.
There are many New Year’s resolutions you can make but, here are some which college students may want to consider.
Become Financially Savvy
It goes without saying that college, in general, is expensive. Between buying textbooks, off-campus and on-campus activities, and the need for personal cash, having (and utilizing) a budget is a necessity for getting through the semester. Without one, you could be financially struggling when you don‘t have to be.
There are tons of websites that offer cheaper prices for used books vs. new books. When you shop for clothing, instead of a boutique or pricey clothing store, head over to the thrift shop (Go on, get your Macklemore on!).
Look for coupons and get discounts at food stores. If you start by managing how you spend, where you shop, and knowing your wants vs. your needs, you could be seeing green you’ve saved in no time.
Attempt Normal Sleeping Patterns
Sleep is vital if you want to have energy for your classes and job. Giving yourself a set curfew every night can motivate you to get things done at an appropriate time. Remember when you took naps as a kid and never really appreciated them? Well, you still can by taking 10 to 30 min naps when you have the time, like a quick recharge. You are still human, and humans needs their rest, so do yourself a favor and catch some Z’s.
Apply for Internships and Part-Time Jobs
It’s never too early to apply for internships in your field or a part-time job to pay for school. Both look great on a resume and it gives you the experience to get ahead. Head over to your college’s or university’s career placement office and talk with them about options for internships and occupational opportunities.
Utilize a Calendar
Keeping a personal calendar can be the difference between a heavenly time at college or hectic nightmare. A calendar is not just for plotting your class schedule, campus organizational meetings, and social events, but for organizing your bills and personal time to relax. This will keep all records and events in order, leaving one less thing for you to stress about.
Put More Effort into Grades
College coursework classes are harder than those back in high school, so being on top of your grades is important. When you set up a set schedule, find time to put a few more minutes of extra studying.
Gather a study group and meet at least once a week. Ask your teacher for any help or questions. Go to your college’s learning center and find yourself a tutor. Grades can get better, it all depends on you.
Change is all part of the circle of life (cliché, I know) but it doesn't have to be intimidating or frustrating.
The thing about resolutions is that they’re your own, so how you go about them is entirely up to you. Whether it takes a month or all year, it’s all about changing and improving you. So, by taking that first step and promising to make a difference, you’re already on your way to a great year in 2015.