12 Resolutions for the New Year

1. Streamline your studies

Whether you’re a student attending classes full-time or working toward your degree by attending part-time, consider taking some of your courses online. Online courses can save you precious study time, since getting to class is as simple as booting up your laptop.

2. Create a five-year plan

Your five-year plan should include a consultation with your academic advisor, as well as exploring which businesses may have internship opportunities. If you’re nearing the end of your degree, your plan should include strategies for finding the first job of your new career.

3. Early to bed, early to rise

This one might be easier said than done, especially if you’re taking rigorous courses and working as well. But sticking to a sleep schedule can give you the energy you need to get through your long day. Of course, all-night study sessions are sometimes unavoidable—just don’t make a habit of it.

4. Eat smart

Finding the time for a healthy diet can be tough when you’re on the go—but make time to buy and prepare healthy snacks and meals when you can. Eating light can save you money and a few pounds.

5. Get moving

Schedule time to work out. If you can’t afford a gym membership, there are plenty of exercises you can do right in your living room. Staying healthy can help you stay alert and refreshed for your long day of work and classes.

6. Don’t be a procrastinator

Work steadily on larger assignments, and get smaller ones done quickly. The sooner you’re done with your assignments, the more time you have to spend hanging out with friends and relaxing.

7. Get your gadgets in order

Make sure your electronic gadgets have updated software, spare chargers, and are generally in tip-top shape before starting a new semester. Few things are worse than having to wait for your laptop to install new software when you’re trying to take notes in class.

8. Take a break

Yes, you should make time to chill out when you can. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of work, family, assignment deadlines, extracurricular activities and weekend plans with friends—but both your body and your brain need some downtime.

9. Stay in touch with your instructors

Communication with your instructors is important - know how to contact your instructors whenever you have a question or need help. Make a list of your faculty members and their contact information as soon as you get it so you’ll have it handy when you need it.

10. Pinch your pennies

Saving money is important at any time of year, but if you haven’t made a savings plan, now’s the time to do it. Cooking at home and taking public transportation are just two ways to save money.

11. Become a part of your community

Part of being a college student is learning how to make a place for yourself in your community. Whether you’re working toward an online degree or attending a traditional campus, you consider spending time volunteering for a non-profit in your area.

12. Reach out to classmates

Your college community is important too, so make friends among your classmates when you can. Starting a study group, or even an online forum or message group, can help you build a support network that can last long after graduation.

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