New Year’s Resolutions


Now that it’s been a few weeks since the new year has started, it’s time to look to see what students have been saying about the resolutions they’d be doing. Of course we all know that resolutions are hard to keep up for a year, but this post will bring in some helpful tips to go along with it.

1. Stop procrastinating

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This one comes around a lot. It’s bound to happen sooner or later, you get an assignment of some sort and you figure out it’s not due for a while. So you procrastinate up until the day before it’s due and rush to finish it. Or you’re one of the people where you find it a challenge to finish it the night before. Whichever the kind of person you are, it probably is a good idea to stop procrastinating. This goes back to my post about exams, set a schedule or make sure what is worth more is done sooner rather than later. It’ll give ample time to edit and revise and you won’t feel like hours of homework and papers are bearing down on you all at one.

-Finish your paper at least one day in advance. Really. It helps.

2. Go to the gym more

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As we all know, a lot of people usually say this. But it’s good for students as well. Exercise leads to a clearer mind as well as a happier person. I know there are those who absolutely abhor exercise and feel no happiness after completing it, but at least 30 minutes of exercise a day can do wonders. Instead of thinking it more as a chore, do an exercise that’s fun and with your friends; play Just Dance or Dance Central, go for a walk while venting to your friend, play a game of some sort.

-Anything as long as you’re taking your mind off of things that are stressing you out, and giving you some time to relax and breathe.

-Intimidated about going to the gym? Check out a new app at ODU called Gymmie, which makes it easier to find gym partners on campus!

-Also, try eating a bit healthier

3. Be there

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Instead of stressing out over your tests, papers and classes, make sure you have time for your friends and family. Live in the moment of what you’re experiencing. I’m not saying to go wild and start blowing off classes, but there needs to be a healthy balance of class and school work and your personal life. Once it starts to bleed is where it causes problems. Be there in the moment, but be sure you have time set aside to get your work done as well.

-Check in with your family, your siblings, and your high school friends every now and then. They’d be happy to hear from you.

4. Try Something New

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The point of all of the choices of classes, electives, clubs, and leadership positions is for you to try somethings new. Something you may not have thought you’d enjoy before. Ever wanted to learn how to make pottery? Take that throwing class. You want to try a new sport? Check out the clubs and teams. You’re not doing yourself any favors wondering about what would happen if you don’t try. You might find something you love doing and may even be able to turn it into your major or even your career later.

-Challenge yourself to try something new

5. Plan for the future

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But don’t go overboard. As this is a very broad term it can mean many things. Are you close to graduating? Make sure that you’re starting to make connections for jobs or at least talk to your advisor about the possibility of grad school. No one else is going to bring it up, you need to start the conversation. Start saving money in case job offers don’t come rolling in (that being said, don’t buy anything with a credit card unless you absolutely have to). The more you save, the better off you’ll feel as you look around to see what you want to do. Make a list or have some general ideas of what you’d want to do; then you can start asking around or making the necessary steps to get there. It’s better late than never.

-Also, try getting rid of those old textbooks by selling them to other students on CampusWise! Post them up on the site and get started on your savings!