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New Classes, New Semester, New You!

New Classes, New Semester, New You!

By: Stephanie Niten

Well it’s that time of year again, where we all make those New Year’s resolutions and keep them for a few weeks, and then we just give up on them.  Anybody ever done that? I know I sure have!  With school, work, clubs, and any other activities that we have to keep up with these days, it may be hard to keep some of those resolutions, so here are some New Year’s Resolution Tips that I hope may help you keep your current resolutions and maybe even make some new ones!

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself!- I know that I am very bad for this, I try to make too many resolutions and say that I am going to do a million things each year, but then only end up doing maybe half of them because I have put too much on my plate!  I know that school takes up most of our time, but it is always good to have a part time job if it is possible.  It may not seem like much now, but once you land that first job and start gaining that experience in the working world, landing other jobs in the future will be so much easier for you.  To help you balance everything, start with the small things and work your way up; don’t try to do too many things at once! Leave some wiggle room for those unexpected events that may occur.  It is better to accomplish a few tasks and do them well rather than trying to cram in too many tasks and do them just to “get them done.”  This way, you can avoid disappointing yourself and maybe even boost your confidence level!
  2.  Don’t set the “all A’s” goal- We all want to do better in school, however we do have other things in our lives besides the classes that we are enrolled in.  Setting the goal that says that you are going to make A’s in every class is a very high and almost unrealistic goal to set.  For most people, this is a setup for disappointment.  Spread out your time evenly among all of your classes and give equal study time for tests and quizzes and don’t stress about the little things. Give it your all and your best work will show!
  3. Don’t be a procrastinator- For some of us it may seem like test time is weeks away, but really it will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but it is not my favorite part of school and I am not really a big fan of cramming in all of that information the night before a test, or trying to complete a project the night before it is due.  How do you prevent that? Well, reading the chapters that your professor is going to cover in class is a good way of getting a head start on the material before class and it will help you to understand it better when the professor goes over it.  Along with classes, it is also not a good idea to procrastinate on searching for jobs and internships.  There are so many opportunities out there that you may miss if you wait until the last minute!  A good resource that you can use to keep up to date with new opportunities that may come along is NinerJobNet.  Not only can you view jobs and internships and apply for them, it is also a good way for employers to view your resume!   It is never too early to start looking for those great opportunities and planning your future.  I know this may seem like a lot of work, but hey this is college and let’s face it, this is no picnic!   

These are just a few of the many tips that you can use to help you set successful goals for yourself in all aspects of your everyday lives.  I wish everyone good luck this semester in their classes and job searches and I hope that these tips have helped you!

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