10 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions For Every Uni Student
With the New Year brings new beginnings, and instead of making the same old resolutions that you can never stick to, I’ve compiled a list of realistic goals specifically for you, the uni students. So have a read, and if you can achieve even one of these things this year, you’ll be killing it!
Attend 80% of Your Lectures
Come on, you can do it! I’m not asking anything great from you, it’s literally the bare minimum. I’m telling you to succeed just enough to pass your classes, that’s what it means to be a true uni student. But for real, lectures can be hard to attend especially when you find out that attendance isn’t necessary to pass. But we have them for a reason and more often than not they obtain important information that can make or break you when it comes to exam times. I’m not saying attend them all, just the majority.
Apply For an Internship
Or a volunteer or project thats related to your field. The point of this one is to get you out of your comfort zone and make connections to build your network. Whether you’re in your first year or last, it’s never too early or too late to get work experience. And if you start now, it will seem way less daunting than leaving it until you graduate and having no experience and nowhere to start.
Try a New Hobby
Studies show that having a hobby can greatly improve mental health. It doesn’t need to be expensive and you don’t even need to be good at it. You can try painting, scrapbooking, volleyball, knitting or anything that makes you feel good and that you can genuinely enjoy. Life can get a little tedious when all you’re doing is going to uni and then going home, studying and back to uni again. Don’t get stuck in a vicious loop and make sure you do something that either gets your blood pumping or eases your mind.
Bring Your Own Lunch to Class
Odds are if you’re a student you need to hear this; bring your own damn lunch to class! Stop spending money on food! Uni cafés are expensive and whatever you’re buying I can bet you can make it at home. If there’s no time in the morning make lunch the night before so you can just grab and go. Imagine how much money you’d save if you didn’t spend money on food all semester? I know it’s hard, but have some self-control god dammit!
Practice Self Care
Self-care is when you put aside time in your day to look after your mental health and personal happiness. Students in particular should practice self care even if it’s just once a week, take an hour out of your day to have some you time. This could mean reading a book, meditating, going for a walk or having a bath. It’s the perfect little study break and you’ll most likely be more focused and ready to take on the day afterwards. Here’s a great article on self-care methods for busy students.
I know, better said than done. But travelling is always a great new year’s resolution! You don’t need to be rich to jet set off to your next location, in fact, travelling could mean a road trip to a different part of town or a weekend trip camping with friends. And yes, we’re going to put a shameless plug here and remind you that YMCA Global Study offers overseas study programs held in the uni break, and you can even get uni credit and funding for!
Keep Your Living Space Clean
An organised room equals an organised mind. You’re not going to feel like studying if your desk is littered with pens, junk food packets and clutter. I know, you probably wouldn’t feel like studying even if the desk was clean, but I’m just saying it makes it easier. Try the Marie Kondo method and throw away anything that doesn’t spark joy. Set some time aside after studying to clean up after yourself and make it organised for tomorrows session, you’ll thank yourself.
Get Outside More
Try not to live your semester holed up in the library or your room. Take advantage of the beautiful Australian weather and take your books outside and sit on the grass. Get some vitamin D and you’ll feel your mood increase just by being in the fresh air.
Expand Your Network
Whether you’re in first year or your last year, there are always opportunities to make more friends at uni. If you find it hard to connect and make friends, you might need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone this year. This might mean you’ll need to take a leap and talk to people you usually wouldn’t strike a conversation with. Join a book club, sign up for a fun class or do some volunteering. Having a good friend group at uni will make your year so much more fun and who knows, these connections might be handy for you in you future!
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