7 Cliché New Year's Resolutions You Probably Just Made

7 Cliché New Year's Resolutions You Probably Just Made

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Finally, it's the New Year! It's 2017 baby!

I can finally put all the terrible events from 2016 behind me *tear* and stop wallowing in self-pity *more tears*. I know what sounds like a great idea, I am going to make a New Year's resolution list and this year I'm going to make a point to accomplish or stick to every single resolution.

Everyone has said something along the lines of what is written above. The new year means a "whole new you" because apparently last year's you wasn't good enough. You didn't make the cut, but really you're cutting yourself. Everyone goes through hard times every year. Every new year is going to bring a new challenge for you to overcome. People think the New Year is some excuse for you to forget your past when really you should be embracing it and learning from it. It's not the time to invent a new you, it's a time to improve on the you that you already are. Below is a list of cliche and overdone New Year's Resolutions that everyone has at least thought of doing as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

1. Actually keep this year's New Year's resolutions.

Let's face it, this is not going to happen. Your resolutions will last about a month until you realize there are more important things in your life to focus on.

2. Lose weight

This is a terrible New Year's resolution. You're already putting negative vibes into your new year by writing down your flaws. At least phrase it better by saying something like "create a healthy lifestyle", but the phrase "lose weight" already puts pressure on you and a damper on the New Year.

3. Travel more

If you're reading this article, then odds are you are a college student. If you are a college student, then you have no time or money to travel more so this is not going to happen. Maybe you are lucky and live in a family that travels a lot, and if you are then this should not be on your resolutions list.

4. Get good grades

Honestly, if this is on your list your either 1) failing or 2) one of those people that think B's are bad and just received a B in Organic Chemistry or some smart subject like that and feel like the world is going to end. If you're failing, then maybe you should make a list of things you need to do in order to get good grades instead of just writing down "get good grades". If you're the second person I described, then you need to chill.

5. Save more money

This is something that I should actually do because I have a shopping problem and I have no witty comment to insert on this resolution. If I did have a witty comment it would just be me making excuses to make myself feel better.

6. Spend more time with family

I'm family oriented and I guess I can't personally understand why someone would need to remind themselves about this as if it was a chore. A Family is important and family doesn't just limit you to your blood-related relatives. It could be anybody you consider yourself close to or consider important in your life.

7. Be yourself

If you wanted to be yourself then you wouldn't want to re-invent a new self every time a new year came along.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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