College Students setting New Year Resolutions


As we start 2021, many of us form new resolutions hoping to improve ourselves and our lives. Most of these resolutions focus on improving an aspect of our life or eliminating a bad habit.  For me, I determine my resolutions by reflecting on the successes and challenges I have had over the past year.  Just as we set goals; I think it is important for the college student to set New Year Resolutions.

Starting with reflection brings about which facet of my life could use a positive change.  College students are on the brink of adulthood and life after college comes fast once they earn that college diploma.  As parents, we should start showing our college students the importance of reflecting and reviewing how their life is going and help them set personal goals to maintain and improve areas.

PayForED has created a list of New Year’s Resolutions for College Students:

Get Healthier

It is easy to quickly grab a burger and fries from the cafeteria on a busy study day, but try to change this in the New Year.  Review what you have been eating at the college cafeteria.  Set up a nutrition plan that includes the daily requirements of fruits, vegetables, and protein.  The college fitness facility may not currently be available but it is still important to take a walk or set up an exercise routine.  Setting up a definite schedule can measure how this lifestyle change is benefiting you.  With the amount of time currently spent in front of a computer, you need to schedule time breaks to help keep you healthy!

Get More Sleep

Getting enough sleep goes hand in hand with not procrastinating.  Create a calendar so that you are well prepared for papers and tests.  Getting more sleep will help you stay more alert for your classes and not as dependent on coffee or energy drinks.  Better planning may also help you get ahead of your studying schedule and help you avoid cramming for a test.  If a monthly calendar seems overwhelming, try focusing on just a weekly calendar.  By setting targets for each day, you can sleep more soundly knowing you have accomplished a specific goal.

Get a review of the targeted date of graduation

Review your current credit hours and make sure your presumed targeted date for graduation is correct.  Understand the correct number of credit hours for your major and also required electives.  Have you dropped any classes?  The college graduation date can be impacted by dropping classes or by not taking a certain number of credits each semester.  This means if you are only taking 12 credit hours per semester, depending on the college you may not be able to graduate in four years.  If you are unsure of your exact credits schedule time to speak to your college advisor and make sure you are on the right track.  Speaking with your college advisor should be done every semester so you know where you stand for graduation.  

Get More Involved

Your time in college is the best time to explore new activities.  Covid 19 and social distancing have changed the college landscape and many group activities have been suspended. It is still important each semester to review what your college has to offer in the form of clubs, sporting events, volunteer opportunities, or organizations.  Each year you grow and change and new activities may become of interest to you.  Also, life will become normal again and you want to be prepared for what your college has to offer. Becoming involved in college not only helps to build your resume but also gives you the opportunity to meet new people.

Get Better Grades

A new semester is beginning.  Review your grades.  Is there room for improvement?  If so, make measurable goals to do better.  If you are struggling with online or hybrid learning, see what your college has to offer for extra help. This can sometimes be accomplished by getting a tutor or just by putting in more study time.  Set realistic goals can help!  Remember, you will all be competing for a job at graduation and your GPA is an important factor.  Again, making a calendar can help you set short-term goals for your grades.

Rate Your Housing

Now is a good time to review whether you are happy with your roommates and also your housing.  Are you living on campus or thinking about moving off-campus?  If you are planning on moving off campus review the financial differences between the two living options and see how this change will affect you financially next year.

Update a Resume

If you haven’t made a resume yet, now is the time to reflect and begin one.  Go to the college career center for help in building and refining your resume.  When focusing on your education, emphasize your academic history including any achievements such as high GPA or academic awards.  Getting your resume together early in college will make it easy to update your work history.  

Get a Co-op/Summer Job

It is never too early to begin adding to your work history.  Contact the career center and see what is available for your grade level. Review the co-op opportunities and see if practice interviews are available. Be prepared!  Another useful resource includes family and friends.  Investigating a job opportunity will help those who usually procrastinate.  

Minimize Stress

College life and classwork can be stressful. Add in a Pandemic and it is the perfect recipe for added stress.  One way to avoid stress is not to leave studying and papers until the last minute. Try to avoid cramming! Make it a goal in 2021 to plan ahead.  If this means getting organized, do it.

College is a time of growth and change.  Start 2021 out strong by doing a quick review of how college has been for you so far.  It is never too late to make small changes to make your college experience better.  Making a New Year’s resolution is important for everybody.  This year, talk to your college student about making a New Year’s Resolution for 2021.

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