Are you a college student thinking about how to become a better you in the new year? Check out this blog post for six New Year's resolutions we recommend you make.
New Year, New You
The new year is a perfect time to think about the improvements you want to make in your life and commit to a few resolutions - especially for college students. Because if we're being honest here, it's hard to be the best version of yourself when you're young, fun, and surrounded by alcohol, junk food, parties, and friends. If you want to resolve to better yourself in the coming new year, consider these six suggestions for New Year's resolutions all college students should try out.
1. Learn to Cook One Meal a Week
Let's be real; college students aren't usually the healthiest people alive. It's just so much easier (and more delicious) to order pizza than to cook a quinoa bowl or something. Instead of resolving to turn your entire life around by eating only salad and going to the gym every day, we recommend starting with something more realistic. Every week, cook one new (ideally healthy) meal. You'll teach yourself an important life skill, save some money, and make your body happy. Win win win!
2. Take a Course in a New Subject
It's easy to get caught up in the courses you need to take to get your degree, but why not expand your horizons and try out something different? Your college probably offers some unique, fun classes about things like dinosaurs and pop culture. Registering for these classes will make you a more well-rounded student, introduce you to new people and concepts, get you out of your comfort zone and, more than likely, fulfill a requirement or two.
3. Expand Your Professional Network
Despite popular opinion, college isn't just about having as much fun as possible while working toward a degree. In order to best prepare yourself to enter the working world after you graduate, you'll also want to start building a professional network. 'Networking' might sound like an intense and intimidating concept, but it's really just hanging out with new people and in slightly more professional clothing than usual. Try to attend events and conferences in your field in order to meet people who could potentially help you in the future. It'll even give you an excuse to get business cards made. There's no better way to feel like a boss.
4. Start a New Volunteer Position
The life of a college student is busy, but it is always worth finding the time for an activity that helps others. There are probably dozens of volunteering opportunities available to you from animal shelters and soup kitchens to clean-up events and women's shelters. Pick a cause you're passionate about and sign up to help. Even if it's just once a week or once a month, you'll meet new people, help improve your community, and get your mind off of your own issues every once in a while. Because we all need to be reminded that the world doesn't revolve around us.
5. Make (And Stick To) a Budget
Managing money in college is tough. First of all, you probably have very little of it. And secondly, your newfound independence means that you're juggling expenses that you've never had to think about before. If you can commit to it, figuring out your financial life before you graduate will be an immense help to you as an adult. Learn to budget. Get your spending under control. Heck, you could even try to save a little bit. Trust us, it's a great feeling when you don't have to be terrified every time you look at your bank account.
6. Don't Skip Class
We know, the freedom to skip classes when you need to is one of the best things about going to college. But there really is value to actually attending the classes you're paying so much money for. For the new year, try picking one class that you're willing to commit to attending every single session of. Of course, emergencies happen, but we promise that the more you try to be present during your courses, the more you'll learn and the easier your exams will be.
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