New Year is often the time for everyone – including college women – to reinvent themselves. It is a time to take up measures that will ultimately lead into a better version of yourself. Therefore, these New Year Resolutions are tailor-made to help you become a better college woman.
1. New Year, New You
The new year is a perfect time to think about improving yourself and becoming better at what you do as a college woman. It is hard to be the best version of yourself when you are young, fun and surrounded by junk food, alcohol, parties and friends.
However, you can resolve that this new year will be an opportunity to turn a new leaf, shed off all the friends that misguide you, engage in new hobbies and find a new favorite drink that is non-alcoholic. Let the new year be an opportunity to realize a new you.
2. Take a Course in a New Subject
It is often easy to get caught up in the courses you need to take to get your degree. However, why not expand your horizons and try out something different?
There are guys offering SPSS Classes and other interesting subject areas around college. Registering for these classes will make you a more well-rounded student. It will introduce you to new people and concepts, get you out of your comfort zone and, more than likely, fulfill a requirement or two for the job market.
3. Make and Stick to a Budget
The best way of achieving the first resolution is by managing money. This is a tough call for college women because there is very little money at our disposal and our newfound independence means that we have to foot bills that we never had before!
However, if you commit to it, figuring out your financial life before graduating will be helpful during adulthood. Learn to budget. Get your spending under control. Heck, you could even try to save a little bit. Trust us, it’s a great feeling when you don’t have to be terrified every time you look at your bank account.
4. Learn to Cook one Meal a Week
Let’s be real; college students aren’t usually the healthiest people alive. It’s just so much easier (and more delicious) to order pizza than to cook rice with meat stew or something. It is even easiest to eat at the mess than to struggle with cooking and washing utensils thereafter.
Instead of resolving to turn your entire life around by eating only salad and going to the gym every day, we recommend starting with something more realistic. Every week, cook one new (ideally healthy) meal. You’ll teach yourself an important life skill, save some money, and make your body happy. Win win win!
5. Start a New Volunteer Position
The life of a college student is busy, but it is always worth finding the time for an activity that helps others. There are probably dozens of volunteering opportunities available to you. Pick a cause you’re passionate about and sign up to help.Do not always be all about money. Volunteerism is good for your CV and future job prospects.
Even if it’s just once a week or once a month, you’ll meet new people, help improve your community, and get your mind off of your own issues every once in a while. Because we all need to be reminded that the world doesn’t revolve around us.
6. Expand your Professional Network
College isn’t just about having as much fun as possible while working toward a degree. In order to best prepare yourself to enter the job market after you graduate, you need to build a professional network.
Networking might sound like an intense and intimidating concept, but it’s really just hanging out with new people and in slightly more professional clothing than usual. Try to attend events and conferences in your field in order to meet people who could potentially help you in the future. It’ll even give you an excuse to get business cards made. There’s no better way to feel like a boss.
7. Do not Skip Classes
We know, the freedom to skip classes when you need to is one of the best things about going to college. But there really is value to actually attending the classes you’re paying so much money for.
For the new year, try picking one class that you’re willing to commit to attending every single session of. Of course, emergencies happen, but we promise that the more you try to be present during your courses, the more you’ll learn and the easier your exams will be.
What New Year’s resolutions are you planning to make? Tweet us @tcl_mag to let us know.