Friday, 3 January 2014

14 Resolutions Every Student Can Keep for 2014

According to Statistic Brain, almost half of the people who make New Years resolutions will succeed and nearly half will fail, so with that in mind we’ve tried to create a list of 14 resolutions that we think you should be able to keep. We’ve based our picks on the usual resolutions that appear on other lists, but have given each a twist to show how being a student might improve your odds of succeeding at each challenge. 

So here are the 14 resolutions that every student should be able to keep (or at the very least, try to):

1 Learn Something New

You’re a student… you should be doing this already. 

2 Read a New Book

Textbooks totally count!

3 Be Physically Active 

Chances are that your classes take place in more than one classroom, so you should already have this one under control. If you would like to step up your game a little though, you can always try signing up for a campus rec class, or you could visit the campus gym, why you could even you could even do something as simple as walking (or running) around campus or the Butterdome.

4 Make Time for Old Friends

Courtesy of The Guardian

Whether you see them during your class breaks or Skype with them as they study abroad, spending at least an hour (or more) with your friends a week will make the semester more enjoyable. You can even try studying together.

5 Break a World Record

You won’t have to make the world’s largest [insert something that isn’t usually ginormous here] or grow the world’s longest [insert something that grows here], instead you’ll simply have to participate in a simple game of dodgeball. That’s right, rumour has it that the world’s largest dodgeball game should be returning to campus later this term, so you’ll be able to help break the record!

6 Help Others

There are plenty of opportunities for you to help out members of the community. You could volunteer with one of the many services or events on campus, or you could branch out a little beyond campus to look for a unique volunteer opportunity. You could even do something simple like donate a food item to the Campus Food Bank or lend a classmate a pen.

7 Be Environmentally Friendly 


Have you picked up your U-Pass yet? Utilizing public transportation is just one of the many ways that you already help make our planet a little healthier. You can also try using one of the reusable dishes available at L’Express (in SUB) for the days when you have to buy your lunch. Doing so will help reduce the amount of garbage you throw out, but it will also save you a little cash. (The SUB food court vendors will all offer you a discount if you use a reusable dish.)

8 Celebrate Diversity

We’ll get a few chances to celebrate our differences and our commonalities this term through events like International Week, Pink T-shirt Day, and Pride Week. You can also take a few moments during your class breaks to get to know your fellow students. We each have a unique story to tell and we all have the ability to listen.

9 Get Organized

If you know when each of your assignments are due then consider this one off to a good start. Being organized does not mean that you have to colour code all of your notes nor does it mean that you have to have every moment of your day planned and scheduled. 

Being organized means knowing what you have to do and recognizing what you’ll need to do it. Mapping out when all of your assignments are due and making a “reading schedule” is a helpful thing that you likely already do in one way or another, so you do have the ability to be organized. 

10 Be An Active Citizen

Do you have the ability to form an opinion? Do you believe that your opinion is just as important as those of your fellow students? If you’ve answered “yes” (and hopefully you have) then you should be voting in the annual Students’ Union election. You’ll be able to vote online and should be able to find most of the information about the candidates and referendums online too. 

11 Take a “Me” Break

Two words: Reading Week. Relax and enjoy.

12 Break a Bad Habit

Courtesy of the Office of Sustainability

It takes 21 days to break habit. If you are looking to break a low key habit (like forgetting to turn off your computer regularly), then you might want to try a simple program like the Office of Sustainability’s One Simple Act. If you are looking for help breaking a habit that you believe will require expert advice and support, then do not hesitate to visit Health and Wellness Services. They’re staff are here to help you with everything from eating healthier to fighting addictions. 

13 Plan Ahead

You’ve got this! This can be as simple as deciding if you should make your lunch or buy your lunch tomorrow. It could also be as complicated as trying to select your courses for next year. When it comes to planning lunch, you might be on your own (although I believe you’ll be able to make a choice), but if you’re looking for a course planning (or even post-graduation advice) you can always visit an advisor for help. (If you don’t know which advisor to see, contact InfoLink to be pointed in the right direction.)

And finally…

14 Stop Procrastinating 

We’ve already tried to help you with this one but still think you can do it. Learn how to beat the perils of procrastination here.


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