Ah, here we are! It is the beginning of a new year. Can you believe that it’s already 2019? The year 2018 came and went in a flash. While you reflect on this past year and plan for the upcoming one, here are nine new year’s resolutions to take on as a college student:
1. Meet GPA Goal. Notice this does not say get all As or pass all your classes. Each of us is at a different academic achievement level and must set a GPA goal relevant to our ability and knowledge. With that being said, make sure this goal is specific and timely. Do you want a 3.5 for the spring semester? Or maybe an overall 3.75 for your junior year? Whatever the case may be, write it down and motivate yourself each day to make it happen.
2. Try Something New. Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way to grow. If you want to become your best-self this year, try something new. Sit at the DC with someone you don’t know. Go to a restaurant or park you have never been to before. Take a strange class that is not in your major.
3. Limit Procrastination. We are college students. We push assignments to the last minute. Does it feel good to wait until the day before to get started on a 10-page paper? No! So this year, really focus on starting assignments when they are assigned to you so you don't have to stay up until 3:00 AM the day it’s due. Plan ahead and get stuff done. One way to do this is by using the two minute rule. Click here for more information on this neat way to give up procrastination.
4. Focus on Your Health. Wellness is something that college students let slip through the cracks. Eating well, exercising regularly, drinking an adequate amount of water, and going to bed at a decent time are all simple tasks we can make a priority to achieve greater health. While it may not seem important now, you will thank yourself later for treating your mind, body, and soul with respect during your younger years.
5. Take a Trip. I know, I know; many of us don’t have the money or time to fly to Dubai for a week. However, it’s not too complicated to grab a couple friends and get away to St. Louis for a day. There is lots of free stuff to do around here, so take advantage of it! Making a small trip is good way to get a break from the hustle and bustle of campus, and it doesn’t have to be overly expensive.
6. Apply for a Leadership Position on Campus. GU is full of great opportunities to get involved. Apply to be a part of student government and earn the chance to lead students! Become an RC, talk to Kelli Pryor about job openings, or join a club! There is something for everyone!
7. Buy and Keep up with a Planner. One easy way to stay organized this year is to buy a cheap (or costly) planner and write down things you need to remember. I have a Passion Planner, and it is one of the best investment I’ve made during my college career thus far! This will keep you on track to accomplish your goals- including these new years resolutions!
8. Set Aside 20 minutes a day for Devotions. Or maybe 10. Whatever your schedule allows. Regardless of how long this time may be, it’s crucial for your spiritual and emotional life to take time to reflect, pray, read, and/or write. Jesus Calling is a great starting place for devotions.
9. Complete a Degree. Even if you're not college student yet, but you're ready to return to school, there are options for you! GU has several degree completion options, and we want you to be a part of our Christ-centered community if you are not already. Click here for the full list of degree completion options.
Now, go enjoy today like it’s a new year, because it is.