17 New Year's Resolutions College Students Have For 2017

17 New Year's Resolutions College Students Have For 2017

Let's see if we can keep them!

2016 was a year of many struggles. The spring semester is coming up soon, and now's a good chance to sit down and think about how you want this year to play out.

1. Take it easy on the late night take out

That Chinese food SEEMED like a good idea at 2 am, but I'm really feeling it the next day...

2. Don't wait until the last minute to do a project

Procrastination is the easiest trap to fall into, but we've got to find a way out.

3. Spend some time in the library

Getting yourself to sit down and focus can really work wonders.

4. Stop skipping class

It's such an easy thing to do, but you never know what kind of hints professors can drop in passing of lectures.

5. Cut down on the weekday nights out

They can take their toll more than you think.

6. Actually use my gym pass

You've had it hanging on your key chain for months. We can all admit that we don't go to the gym as much as we'd like to.

7. Wash my sheets more often

No better feeling than curling up into a clean, warm bed.


The three or four hours a night just aren't going to cut it anymore.

9. Try something new

A new club, a class you wouldn't normally take, get out there and give it a try!

10. Make time for old friends

Life can be busy, but you can both appreciate some catching up.

11. Say "no"

Trust me, FOMO is super real. But sometimes you need to turn down that coffee run and stick to what you're doing.

12. Go to office hours

Professors can be a lot more helpful with some one on one help.

13. Take care of myself

Mental health days, spa days, whatever you need!

14. Save money

Even if it's putting away $5 every week, any money saved is good money saved.

15. Pay off those credit card bills

Speaking of money..... get yourself out of debt.

16. Be on time

This goes for classes, meetings, plans that you made with friends.

17. Be happy with how the year went

This day next year I hope you can be happy with the things you did the past 365 days.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Cover Image Credit: http://gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2015/12/hate-new-years-resolutions/

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

Cover Image Credit: Kaycie Allen

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6 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Summer

Summer break is just around the corner.

Summer break is finally here and no one can be as happy as I am. This is a time to get away from the stress of school, relax while still staying productive, and get super tan. Make the most of your summer with these 6 tips.

1. Go on new adventures.

For most people summer is the perfect time to get a job and save up much-needed money for the following school semester. This does not mean fun is out of the equation. Even if you do not get to vacation at the Bahamas for 2 months straight you can still make your own adventures. Maybe that means going to the nearest park and having a picnic with your closest friends or taking a trip downtown and navigating the places you never knew existed.

2. Hang out with family and friends as much as possible.

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with past hometown friends and your family. Make new, long-lasting memories that you can bring back with you after the summer ends.

3. Get a job.

Even if you work during school getting a lot of hours is impossible. On break, your obligations are much slimmer which means more available time to work and make a lot more money than you ever could during school.

4. Read a book.

Shook is finally over and the last thing you want to think about is reading. However, it can keep your mind fresh and ready for the next semester and give you something to rather than watch tv all day.

5. Relax.

Some of us are busy people and have just as busy summers. Try to use your summer to find time to relax and find a balance in your hectic life.

6. Pick up new hobbies.

During break it can feel like you have way too much time on your hands. Pick up a hobby like knitting, baking, or even hiking. Your temporary freed schedule is the ideal time to try new things.

Cover Image Credit: Daniel Nguyen

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