New Year’s Eve is a time to think about the improvements you can make to your life. If you’re looking for a resolution this year, read more about these 9 New Year’s resolutions for each student!
Very often, people see the new year as an opportunity to rectify the mistakes of the past in the coming year with a clean slate. We make annual resolutions hoping for a change in behavior, usually to improve relationships, health, general well-being, etc. I have attempted to comply with many of my own New Year’s resolutions, and I have learned that January 1st is not the only day of the year when a solution can be initiated.[mks_toggle title=”People Also Ask” state=”open”]
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Try to obey these guidelines instead and let the New Year remind you that change is never too late. If you are a student, the new year can present a period of hope and growth, propelling you to a more positive school year and more enjoyable university experience. Try them yourself!
1. Learn something new
Podcasts are an excellent source of valuable knowledge and, not to mention a very efficient use of your time, a great diversion from your scheduled courses. To extend your knowledge base and impress prospective employers, studying outside of course materials is important. Check out this list of business and innovation podcasts. You may be interested in any of these PlayerFM topics if you’re studying computer science. If you want to develop your skills in your field of study, professors can be an excellent source of recommendation for podcasts related to your studies.
Start following social media influencers in your areas of specialization. Many podcasts cover general topics such as physically well being and mentally healthy. Thrive Global, for example, founded by Arianna Huffington, highlights various business, media, and digital projects and resources for stress management. Conversations usually lead to personal stories of successful stress management and tools used to avoid burnout and increase happiness.
Alternatively, a perfect way to recover from the burden of your workload would be documentaries. You can find a wide variety of choices on Netflix, whether you are interested in history, art, sociology, fashion, or politics. You can also try to get an autobiography written by one of your favorite public figures.
2. Ask for financial assistance or scholarships
The ongoing management of student debt is one of the biggest causes of stress for students and their families. Fortunately, of course, the U.S. Department of Education has made the financial assistance process accessible to students across the country. If you feel depressed as a student about your financial situation and the pressure it brings on the future, send a free application for federal student assistance (FAFSA) or look for local sponsorships in your city.
Many non-profit organizations, private companies, schools, individuals, and professional and social organizations will offer scholarships to students. They are usually based on merit, awarded according to academic performance or special talents. So, where can you find these scholarships? Look for local community organizations, corporations, and civic groups that provide scholarships and always check with the financial office or library of your school. Google is a good start.
3. Get more involved in class
While it may be tempting to rely solely on classroom reading materials, teachers often rely on scheduled courses to share useful information about upcoming exams or assignments. Many times, teachers will include exam information that was discussed during the course but not explicitly mentioned in the assigned reading. For this reason, you must attend your classes regularly, not to mention the financial loss that many students see when skipping their courses!
Especially if you enrolled in an online program, remember that it’s never too early to start reading and taking notes to prepare for the next course. Spending extra time looking for reading questions will improve your engagement during the course, making it much easier to get involved in the discussion and make the most of your tuition!
4. Get more involved outside of conferences
University is often the first time students have left their families. On-campus activities can help create a community away from home. Greek life, local organizations, and professional societies can change your entire university experience! And, if you’re still not convinced, all these activities will be amazing on your resume after graduation.
To improve your technical skills, find local organizations that need volunteers or interns. Try a side project, like making an app or supporting students with their ventures, for more advanced degrees (engineering, computer science).
5. Start a part-time job
Another way to improve your CV is to work part-time while you’re in school. While it can be difficult to balance, students who work at least a few hours a week demonstrate a strong initiative and work ethic and the ability to acquire new skills, perhaps even increasing their income potential for the future. Not to mention the extra pocket money you can have in your pocket!
Students often find work both on and off-campus and in many forms. You can start by contacting the on-campus financial aid office and learn about work-study options. If you prefer to work off-campus and take a break from academia, take a walk around the city and fill out applications for student positions.
If you’re studying online, pay close attention to your time management. Once you have found your part-time job, you may want to finish your schoolwork in the morning, when you feel the most energy and concentration, by removing it early. Many large companies, such as Bank of America, Walmart, and AT and T, are willing to help students cover their tuition. Many independent opportunities will give you the freedom to manage your schedule throughout of the week.
6. Set daily personal goals
In order to enhance overall well-being and mental health, several New Year’s resolutions include regular objectives of exercise and meditation. While these are always beneficial areas of interest, try to set more specific goals for the people and habits of your own life. For instance, make a personal decision to change your actions if you are working on a project with a very challenging classmate. If you know the cause of stress in the situation, the individual might be too controlled, too lazy, or too noisy, then you can begin to overcome your actions.
7. Practice gratitude
In this new year, think about how you can make your life more meaningful by volunteering or making the option to be kinder and more generous with others and how you can interact with your friends. Show compassion when a friend offers help. Compliments where you think they deserved.
By donating food, mentoring at-risk youngsters, volunteering at an annual event, or participating in a clothing drive, you can help your community. You may be surprised by the satisfaction you may feel in dealing with one of these acts of service. For more ideas, check out these 10 New Year’s resolutions to help you give back to your community.
8. Create a plan for your future
Graduation can be a frightening time in the life of a student, but with a little careful preparation, it can be much less daunting. What do you want both professionally and personally to accomplish? Develop a plan to achieve this, dividing it into short-, medium- and long-term benchmarks.
No matter where you stand in your academic experience, plan goals that you can realistically achieve during the week, month, and overall goals you can achieve before you graduate. Use your social life to set deadlines, such as finishing a job the week before the weekend party. You can also make a list of the companies you are interested in and make sure to contact them all before the end of the month.
Financial planning is also crucial. To build a budget for yourself, use apps like Quicken and Mint. Once you see where you’re going with your money, set a realistic budget for yourself each month and try to reduce as much as possible. It’s never too early in life to avoid debt and monitor your credit score. After graduation, you may want to rent an apartment right away or apply for a loan. Your credit score will play an important role here, so keep a close eye on whether you use a credit card while you’re studying.
9. Set an almost impossible target and go for it!
Are you starting a degree in engineering or computer science? Set a goal of communicating with the established professionals who inspire you. What if you send an email to Bill Gates asking for career advice, and he responds? This may seem impossible, but you will be surprised at the help that some people are willing to offer students and future professionals. All it takes is to take a little risk, and the impact could change your life.
The difference between realistic and unrealistic goals is the expectation of achieving them. Realistic goals may include saving a certain amount of money by the end of the month or improving your relationship with a peer. Unrealistic goals, on the other hand, maybe less under your control, such as establishing a relationship with one of the world’s most famous computer scientists. The reward, however, will be much more rewarding. Keep in mind that these “unrealistic” goals are not completely out of reach and should not cost you your integrity. They should encourage you to think creatively, take risks and, most importantly, present the possibility of real and impactful change in your life.