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January 12, 2021

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions to Make for a Successful College Semester

The start of the new year—and a new semester—offers a great time for students to set some goals for success at college. When you’re making a New Year's resolution list, consider focusing on what you want to achieve during the upcoming semester. The following are among the top 10 New Year’s resolutions that college students should think about making for 2021.

  1. Eat a healthier diet

The foods you eat can have a big impact on your grades. Eating a healthier diet helps you gain more energy, including mental energy, which can improve your focus and concentration during class and while doing assignments and projects. For the new year, make plans to eat better for your physical and mental well-being. Limit certain foods that aren’t healthy, such as sugary foods or foods with a lot of saturated fat. Instead, fill your daily diet with nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and lean meats. 

  1. Improve your sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep regularly can help you feel more awake for class and ensure that you have the energy you need each day. Work on getting enough sleep every night, and make sure it’s good quality sleep. Try reading before bed to help your brain settle down for the night instead of being on your phone or tablet screen. You can also improve your sleep by avoiding naps during the day, avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening, and going to bed and waking up at the same times every day.

  1. Work on a better school-life balance

Focusing on your studies is important, but it shouldn’t take up all of your time. In fact, balancing college with other aspects of your life can help you feel happier and healthier overall. For the new semester, make changes to your daily life to improve this balance, such as making sure you set aside time to spend with friends and family. Keep in mind that an online college can make it easier for you to create a schedule that works better for balancing college and other parts of your life.

  1. Move around more

The time you spend sitting during classes and while doing schoolwork can add up, which isn’t healthy for you. Sitting too much day after day can make it harder to maintain a healthy weight and even increase your risk of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, later on. Getting up and moving around more throughout the day can help you stay healthy and better focused on schoolwork and classes. Get into the habit of taking breaks from sitting every so often. Stand up and do stretches or walk around a bit to make sure you’re spending less time sitting and more time on your feet being physically active.

  1. Volunteer your time

Helping those in need or supporting a good cause can boost your self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. As part of your New Year’s resolution list this year, look for opportunities to volunteer your time. If you can’t volunteer to help an organization or non-profit in person, there are other ways to help out. For example, you might volunteer to raise awareness of upcoming events or put your writing skills to use creating newsletter or fundraising content for a local charity or non-profit organization.

  1. Create a budget

College costs combined with everyday expenses and monthly expenses can lead to financial problems for college students. Consider creating a budget for the upcoming semester. This can help you manage your money and even build up some savings. You might find that you can cut back on a few expenses in order to make sure you save money each month. After coming up with a budget, stick to it as closely as possible throughout the semester. Use apps or other online tools to help you track your spending, if needed.

  1. Finish assignments and projects ahead of time

If you’re prone to procrastinating, make a goal to finish projects and assignments at least one day ahead of time. Waiting until the last minute to work on these means you’re doing them under pressure, which can lower the quality of your schoolwork. Give yourself plenty of time to work on projects and assignments by starting them earlier and doing a little at a time. Instead of keeping the actual due date in mind, aim to finish these projects and assignments one day early.

  1. Do an exercise routine each day

Getting physical activity is an important step in staying healthy and happy during college. Even if your school schedule is busy, you can still find at least a little time to exercise each day. Set aside around 30 minutes for physical activity on a daily basis. Keep in mind that you don’t need a complex workout routine to be physically active. You can go for a walk, lift weights, stretch, or do push-ups and other exercises.

  1. Learn to manage stress better

Stress can build up throughout the semester, which can make it harder to focus on classes and schoolwork. Getting stress under control and reducing it can help you stay clear-headed all semester long. You can manage stress in several ways, such as by practicing being mindful, focusing on gratitude, writing in a journal, or doing deep breathing exercises. Being able to handle stress better can improve all areas of your life, including school.

  1. Take digital device breaks

Putting your phone, tablet, or laptop away from time to time can help you feel calmer and more focused. When you’re not online for classes or schoolwork, take a break from digital devices. Set aside time to spend outdoors or doing a hobby you enjoy instead in order to improve your emotional wellbeing and give your eyes and brain a break from screens.

 If your plans for 2021 include pursuing a college degree, contact Geneva College to learn more about our degree programs.