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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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.

I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

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1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.

4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.

5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.

6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.

7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.

8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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Hey Rider, Where The Heck Are Our Elevators?!?

It's not very disability-friendly if you can't have your friends access rooms in any floor above the first.


So if there is ever a complaint I have about resident life on campus, it's that for the most part, the majority of the dorms at Rider University's Lawrenceville campus do not have elevators, which can be pretty problematic for anyone who becomes physically incapacitated. For example, I live on the third floor of Hill Hall, which isn't bad because I happen to like my room, but if I want to do my laundry, I have to go down several flights of stairs and floors to get to the basement which may or may not have occupied machines. It's a little inconvenient, right? Now, imagine I just got injured playing a sport, doing some other physical activity, or I just feel sick. Now it's even more of an inconvenience.

My friend was coming up to my room a couple days ago and she complained that if she ever hurt her leg, these stairs would be the death of her, and I agree! It got me to thinking, what if I had a friend who wanted to visit me, but couldn't because these higher floor rooms aren't wheelchair accessible? You could argue and say that I could visit them, but what if they're not even a Rider student? Not very accommodating, is it? I decided to check the Rider residence website to review how many buildings have access to elevators at the Lawrenceville campus and out of 14 places, only two: Ziegler and West Village, have access to elevators.

Two. Only two.

Now, I understand that Rider University wants to make other locations seem more attractive to incoming freshman, parents, staff, etc., so doing construction for locations such as the Bart Luedeke Center is "necessary," but isn't wanting to promote an atmosphere of wanting to stay on campus for all four years more important? Next year, Rider University mandates that any freshman living 30 miles or more from campus are obligated to live at Rider for two years.

So, in other words, not until junior year can these people decide to live elsewhere. Obviously, the university wants students to stay on campus, but yet the buildings they least renovate are our own residence buildings! I'm no expert but it feels counter-intuitive to make Rider seem attractive to students by updating buildings other than the ones new students will be forced to live in.

Over the summer, many people may have heard about a detrimental article and survey published that criticized Rider University's dorms.

In my local area, this article went viral with countless students and parents commenting on the truth behind the statistics and opinions. The common consensus? Everyone essentially agreed that Rider University's dorms are sub-par. Friends that have visited me have agreed that their own university had "much better" dorms. Now, don't get me wrong, I still love residence life and dorming is fun, even as a senior, but I can't disagree that the dorms themselves need improvements that do not seem to be in any near future. There is no way, in my opinion, that none of the staff members of importance at Rider didn't see the article, because it was quite popular. I expected some sort of announcement to be made in regards to it in order to improve image, reputation, and student life.

I'm not telling Rider to go ahead and start doing construction on every building all at once and force students to deal with it, but making improvements like elevators would be a great addition and start to a multi-layered plan. It's time we raise the bar for student resident life on campus.

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