5 Resolutions College Students Never Keep, But Always Make

5 Resolutions College Students Never Keep, But Always Make

New year's resolutions college students make but never keep.

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1. Go To The Gym Every Day

Lets face it we all make this one of our New Years resolutions every year. After spending the first few days of the year aimlessly wandering around the gym crowded with people who made the same resolution as us, we've had enough gym time for that year.

2. Go Out And Drink Less

This one usually ends when the semi-annual holiday of syllabus week begins. During syllabus week, it is socially unacceptable to not go out and drink every night. Each night is accompanied by some sort of cheap alcohol in a big cup.

3. Stop Skipping Class

When registering for classes, we have a lot of faith in ourselves and think we will be able to handle have eight a.m. classes. Waking up and making it to that eight am is hard enough but it get a whole lot harder when you wake up hungover from syllabus week.

4. Make Friends In Class

New semesters mean new class mates. You plan to make friends with the people that sit near you until you walk in on the first day, feel awkward, and pull out your phone and silently pretend to be doing something very important. This continues throughout the semester and by the time you get to midterms its too late anyway.

5. Cook More And Eat Out Less

We think to ourselves cooking is so much cheaper and it is way healthier than eating out. However, grocery shopping and making time to cook is hard with a busy schedule. By February were back to eating Chick-fil-A twice a day.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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10 Facts That You May Or May Not Know About The Chinese New Year Or Spring Festival

It's known as both the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival

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The Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is a festival that celebrates the start of a new year on the Chinese Calendar. It's also one of the Lunar New Years as well. This year, the Chinese New Year started on February 5th, 2019. And 2019 is the year of the pig. The pig is one of the Chinese zodiac signs and is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals. Here are ten facts about the Chinese New Year that you may or may not know.

1. There is no set date

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The Spring Festival is on the first of January and it lasts until the 15th of January when there is a full moon on the Lunar Calendar. On the Gregorian calendar, the date is different each year. It can range from January 21st to February 20th.

2. It is the longest Chinese holiday

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The Spring Festival is fifteen days long and is a national holiday. For the first five days, people spend time with their families and can only come out after the fifth day. People will stock up on cooking supplies, snacks, gifts, and more.

3. You can't shower, sweep, or throw garbage out

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You can't shower on New Year's Day and you can't sweep or throw out garbage out before the 5th. If you do, you will wash away the good luck.

4. Children get red envelopes with money in them

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The money is to help transfer the fortune of the elders down to the children. Bosses also give red envelopes to their employees, co-workers give envelopes to one another, and friends also do it as well.

5. People are supposed to eat dumplings everyday for every meal

https://topflightfamily.com/chinese-new-year-food-traditions/

Most people will eat dumplings for dinner on New Year's Eve and some will eat them for the first breakfast.

6. Desserts for the Chinese New Year all have special meanings

http://www.nikoncakes.com/popular-desserts-you-can-eat-during-the-chinese-new-year-2017/

For example, Fa Gao, which is a sponge cake and muffin and people dye it colors. The fa in Fa Gao means "to get rich." There are many other desserts that have special meanings as well.

7. Everything is decorated red for the New Year

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They will hang up red lanterns and strings of either real or fake chili peppers, chili pepper paste, red paper, and much more. People will also wear red clothing as well.

8. There are 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and every year has a zodiac animal

https://www.star2.com/living/viewpoints/2017/01/28/what-the-year-holds-for-the-12-zodiac-signs/

The 12 Chinese Zodiac signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. My Chinese zodiac sign is a rat. If I was born a year later, I would have been an ox, and if I was born a year earlier, I would have been a pig.

2019 is the year of the pig. People born, will get positive traits of the zodiac of that year. In the western world, your animal can decide things like your career and health, but your zodiac year is bad luck for you.

9. In China, you have a 'real' age and a 'fake' nominal age

https://juiceonline.com/8-types-of-people-you-will-meet-during-chinese-new-year/

The real age is the one that you celebrate on your birthday, but the normal age is the one you celebrate during the Spring Festival.

10. The New Year ends with the Lantern Festival

https://chinesenewyear.net/lantern-festival/

Yuanxiao Festival or Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon of the lunar year. People spend the night partying and letting lanterns go into the night sky.

I learned a lot more about the Chinese New Year and the meaning that goes into it. There were things that I did know, while other things, I did not know.

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