7 New Year's Resolutions College Students Can Stick To

7 New Year's Resolutions College Students Can Stick To

Here are some resolutions us college kids can actually keep

We all know making a New Year’s resolution is easy, but sticking to it? Well, maybe not so easy. As we get older, though, we try to come up with more reasonable resolutions. Sometimes, however, college students tend to make a few that just don’t stick, maybe like stop procrastinating. So, maybe while that specific resolution has never really stuck with me personally, here are 7 resolutions us college students can actually keep.

7. Learn to manage your stress.

Everyone knows how stressful college can get, what with exams and papers and quizzes. However, it’s important to learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way. Obviously, one of the best ways to do this is by exercising. Whether it be doing your own routine at the gym to attending a yoga class to running or biking around campus, exercising can be a great way to get out all your pent-up anxieties. Not only does it keep you fit and healthy, but it can also be a great way to socialize by getting a group together to workout with.

6. Get organized.

Take out some stress right away by learning to organize yourself for the coming semesters. Don’t just shove papers into your backpack, purchase a trifold to keep all the important stuff for each class. Buy and write in your agenda all the time. Although your syllabus lists whenever an important paper, project, or exam pops up, they don’t always have the extra homework your professor will assign throughout the week. You can also use the agenda to write in those important dates, just in case you misplace your syllabus.

5. Plan ahead.

Even though it can be hard for everyone, the best way to avoid midterms and finals stress is by getting started on your big projects ahead of time. That doesn’t mean you have to start writing months in advance, just figure out what you want to write about or what your project will be on and maybe put together a guideline on how the paper or project will be made. That way, by the time the project/paper is supposed to be due, you have less to worry about.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If ever you find yourself confused or have forgotten something pivotal to homework or a larger project, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your professor or even fellow students. The professors will certainly not bite or think lesser of you for going up to them with a question.

You’re paying to get the best education and if you need help, that’s what the professors are there for, to help you succeed! It might also be a great idea to get to know your fellow classmates and get together a study group or have a group chat to discuss any issues you might have with the class. Plus, you could make new, long-lasting friends.

3. Try putting yourself out there.

This one will especially apply to the freshmen or sophomores attending college. I know this one might seem impossible, especially if you have a crippling fear of anxiety and rejection like me. But as you get older, you’ll begin to realize just how easy it can be to put yourself out there. It might seem really scary at first, but you just have to remember that it’s college. The old ways of high school cliques and “popular girls” are far behind you now.

College is a completely different playing field and everyone has an opportunity to find themselves. Don’t get me wrong, there will still be the mean girls and the stupid jocks to stray away from, but you’ll learn how to differentiate those people from the good ones. In college, there truly is no judgment. So, in the New Year, maybe try joining a club, auditioning for that play, or just saying hello to the person on your right.

2. Find an internship.

I cannot stress enough just how important internships are. Not only do they look exceptionally good on your resume, but they also help you gain experience in your field. Even if you’re just a freshman, there’s no shame in getting ahead. Talk with your guidance counselor or professors who specialize in your major and see what’s going on. Sometimes, you can even get college credit for doing an internship for a semester. There’s no harm in getting ahead.

1. Apply for graduation.

For all my seniors out there, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Just because it’s your senior year, doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to graduate. You need to find out when is the perfect time for you to apply for graduation. If you’re planning on graduating in the spring, it’s best to apply in January and if you’re graduating in the fall, you’re most likely going to apply sometime over the summer.

Of course, it’s always best to check with your guidance counselor to discuss the best options. Applying for graduation is the first step to getting your diploma and it’s certainly a great start to a successful semester!

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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I'm Not In A Sorority, And I'm Getting Along Just Fine

Don't shame me for the decisions I make for myself.

When I was a freshman, I was still exploring my college campus. There was a Greek life fair outside before the fall semester started, and each sorority and fraternity were handing out flyers and information about their organizations. At the very least, I was overwhelmed.

I walked maybe 50 feet, and I had at least 10 flyers in my hand from 10 different sororities. It almost seemed as if they were desperate to find their lifelong sisters. I hadn't started settling in yet, and I was stressed about this process.

I asked myself, "Is this really for me? Would I fit in? Is this how I make friends in college?" The funny thing is, these girls lied to me, straight to my face.

"You're so pretty! Join us!", says the bleach blonde with the tan skin. "You'd make a great asset to our team," says the redhead with the dirty Converse. "We would be so excited to have you as one of our everlasting sisters!", screams the brunette, chewing on her spearmint gum a little too obnoxiously.

All lies. Why? Because I heard what they were saying while I walked away. Talk about "bringing up other women and embracing one another". What a joke.

"She's not pretty," laughs the bleach blonde with the attitude. "She wasn't quite the one we were looking for, I mean come on," says the redhead with her shortie shorts that are showing quite too much of her body. "She is not sister material; I checked her out and she is definitely not the type. She definitely could not hold her liquor," explains the brunette with the classic eye roll.

Yes, this all happened.

Since when was there a TYPE?

I'm sorry, I didn't realize I had to go to a tanning bed religiously in order to be accepted. I didn't know I had to wear makeup and do my hair every day to be considered "pretty". I didn't know I needed to transform my wardrobe in order to look "hot" or "sexy".

Most importantly, I'm sorry I didn't realize I had to drink alcohol UNDERAGE in order to be a so-called sister.

I couldn't believe my ears. Those flyers went right in the trash.

Two years later, I am happy with where I am... NOT in a sorority. I do my own volunteer work on campus. I have my own ways of staying involved, and I didn't pay a dime for any of that. I'm getting along with college just fine.

I don't have anything against Greek life. I know a lot of nice people who are involved with that. But it's easy to see the stereotypes associated with them. I wouldn't want those stereotypes pinned up against me. It would just be wrong for me, anyway.

They shouldn't feel privileged because they are in Greek life, and they should never give an attitude to anyone "below" them. We get it; you're in a sorority. We understand; you're in a fraternity.

But guess what? I'm getting along just fine. My GPA is great, I made friends on my own, and I am involved all the time. I'm kept busy WITHOUT alcohol.

I'm doing me. Don't shame me for making smarter decisions for MYSELF and myself ONLY.

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