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December 27th, 2011,
New Year's Resolutions

By Noël Rozny
Web Editor & Content Manager

New Year’s resolutions often sound something like this: Lose weight. Quit smoking. Stick to the diet plan. Exercise more.

While those are great resolutions to have, if you’re a college student, you need something a little more specific that will help you succeed in your classes during the new year. Your goals should help you focus on your studies and give you the exposure and experience you’ll need after you graduate. Here are few ideas to get you started.

Top New Year’s Resolutions for College Students

Resolution #1: Stay On Top of Your Reading
When I was in college, I often found myself motivated to finish my reading for class every night when the semester first started. As the weeks progressed, I’d let a chapter or two slide and before I knew it, I’d be way behind and trying to cram everything in before finals.

This year, make a resolution to stay on top of your reading. Use any spare time you have – riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, running on the treadmill – to squeeze in some extra time with your books. You’ll be amazed at how much this helps when the end of the semester rolls around.

Resolution #2: Attend Class
Are you one of those college students who chronically hits the snooze button instead of heading to your 9:00 a.m. class? Make this the year that you’ll commit to going to your classes. Set your schedule up and plan your days in advance, so you have plenty of reasons to get out of bed in the morning. (Class is easier to skip if it’s the only thing you have to do all day.) If you need a little extra motivation, take your semester tuition bill, divide it up, and figure out how much each class costs per day. Knowing the amount you’re spending (or wasting) every day will make you a lot less likely to skip class.

Resolution #3: Get an Internship
Maybe you’ve been thinking about applying for an internship to make a little extra money, but you keep saying, “I’ll get to it next week.” Stop procrastinating, check out job postings and internship opportunities, and apply. Getting to work is one of the best things you can do to ensure your success in the working world. (If you don’t believe me, you can read more about the benefits of working in college here.)

Resolution #4: Join a Club
Your college or university is probably filled to the brim with cool programs, organizations and student groups. Whether you’re into saving the whales or ending world hunger, there’s bound to be a club or initiative that speaks to your interests. Make a point to get involved this year. It will round out your educational experience, help you meet new people, and may even influence the career choices you make in the future.

The new year is already upon us, which means your college years are flying by. These resolutions will help you make the most of your time, your classes, and your tuition dollars.