New Year, New College Goals
Published January 23rd, 2019

Hopefully by now you've recovered from your New Year's Eve party! If you're a college student, the new year is the perfect time to set some resolutions and goals that can help make your life easier, more positive, productive, and enjoyable. College is the fastest four years of your life so make it count and get the most out of it.

Make sure to get enough Zzzzs

Making your resolutions as specific as possible makes them more tangible to achieve. Set a goal to get a specific numbers of hours of sleep a night. Make the goals untrainable, and don't set yourself up for failure. If you typically sleep 6 hours a night extend that goal by only an hour this year to 7. While college life is often sleep deprived, making sure you get enough sleep each night is critical to your long-term success.

You are what you eat

The freshman 15. While many think this is a joke, it is not. College life is known for its unhealthy eating habits: dining hall food, ramen noodles, soda, pizza, and beer and beer and more beer. Make a goal to add at least something healthy at each meal, like at least one serving of fruits or vegetables. I know it's tough but cut down on your caffeine intake. No matter what you add or switch, doing little changes every time you eat can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Limit your spending

Debt plus interest plus college is hard to get out of. The last thing you want in college is to be trapped with a ton of credit card debt and the monthly payment you're required to make. Be careful about your credit card use and only use it when it's absolutely necessary for things you need. You need textbooks for your classes, but you can save on these by using rental sites like iFlipd :) Although you might want those expensive new shoes when the ones you have are just fine.

FOMO is real

Has "fear of missing out" popularly known as FOMO been keeping you from living your best life?

It's a Friday night and all of your friends are going out to a house party. You could really use a night in because you're exhausted and are behind on your homework. But.....you go out anyway, knowing that you'll probably miss out on an inside joke. That can never happen, right? #fomo

Remember it's totally acceptable to take some time to yourself. It's really easy to spread yourself too thin in college and lose sight of your priorities and wellness. In order to live your best life, make a resolution and say NO to fomo when a situation occurs.

Think ahead

I know it may seem like college is never going to end, but ask anyone who graduated. No matter how hard you try to freeze time it always comes to an end. What you do post-college should be about achieving specific outcomes as well. Establishing a solid 3-5 year plan is similar to having a longer term New Year’s resolution. Like all resolutions, be detailed about what you want. Write it all down and place it somewhere you regularly look at. 

Three years is far enough in the future where you can start laying groundwork while in college. The best way to stick with it is to revisit your goals often. Take some time every semester to sit down and reflect on if you're working towards your goal or away from it.

Travel, travel, travel

Traveling during your college years is something you'll never forget. While it’s sometimes difficult to travel much when you’re busy with school, use the breaks or long weekends to travel to somewhere new and exciting. It doesn’t have to be an expensive trip as you can travel domestically on a budget by using trains, staying at an Airbnb, or even rooming with friends.

Give back

Volunteer experience always looks good on a resume but more importantly it’s good for you too! Giving back or doing some charity work really fills a void in your heart you might not have known was there.

Some ways you can do some charity as a college student are pretty easy to find, such as donating your old clothes and things to charity, volunteering your time to a soup kitchen or teaching underprivileged kids, and donating to a cause or local charity. Always remember, some people would give anything to step into your shoes even on your worst day.

Drink more water

Water is the key to life, plus it's calorie free! Ask any biology major out there and they will tell you that you need water to function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water. Water is life, life is water. Shoot for at least 8 cups a day.

Listen to a new podcast

Podcasts are music for the brain! If you haven’t joined the podcast world yet, you’re missing out. It’s the best solution to keeping up with current events, learning how random things work, catching up on history, or escaping to a crime mystery. There is a podcast for almost every interest. Listening while in the car or walking to class will be a game changer for you!  

Meet new people

College is the best time to meet new people. Don't get stuck in your social bubble. It's easy to hang out with your normal circle but always expand your circle. Hang out with classmates you might not normally hang out with on a Friday night. It will help you view life from multiple perspectives instead of just one way of life.

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