In order to get the new year started off on the right foot, we are putting together some resolutions to help campus and online students reach their goals in 2017. Be sure to come back tomorrow as we reveal our second reachable resolution.
More than 40 percent — almost half — of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. (There is something inspiring about starting over with the calendar.) Yet, less than 10 percent sustain their goals past month two. Why is keeping promises to ourselves so hard?
The good news: It’s likely not because of laziness. The better news: By approaching them with genuine intent and a defined plan, we can achieve our New Year’s resolutions — for a full 12 months (or longer).
The first step to setting your 2017 New Year’s resolutions is to decide not just what you want to change, but what you are ready to change. Be realistic about your goals and expectations, or you may get discouraged and give up.
For many students, college is the first time they’ve been away from home — away from family, friends and the routines they’re used to. Feeling lonely and overwhelmed is understandable. But you don’t have to be.
Our first reachable resolution to consider this year: get more involved. There are multiple ways to branch out, meet new people, pick up an old hobby or discover a new one:
1. Attend on-campus activities
There’s always something to do on campus — like attending a sporting game or bring the popcorn to movie night in the common room. Some on-campus activities are just for fun, while others can help you build valuable career skills. Check out our calendar of activities and save a few (or more) to your phone or planner.
2. Join a club with like-minded peers
What’s your passion? We likely have a club for it — from art and creative writing, to business and accounting, to ultimate Frisbee and so much more. If we don’t already have a club that interests you, you can start one.
3. Volunteer at events
All college campuses host a variety of activities and events for students, and planning them takes time and often extra hands. Even if you aren’t able to commit to joining a club full time, you can always contribute some time and get to know others you may not have ever talked with.
4. Form a study group
Hitting the books is a necessary part of college — why not make it a little more fun? Find a specific day and time each week to meet and study with your classmates. Not only will you get to learn from and help others, but you can also cultivate new friendships.