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Five resolutions university students make for the new year

Posted by Rebecca Smith on January 7, 2016 at 2:37 PM

We’ve all been there; the new year rolls around and we are filled with the optimism that can only come from a fresh start. The sentiment “new year, new me” is recycled each year as we embark upon our own personal journeys of self-improvement.

For students, there is often a unique set of resolutions specifically pertaining to their lifestyle and study habits. Unfortunately, as the weeks progress, the new year loses its hype and the appeal of the resolutions we set for ourselves seems to fade. Below is a list of some of the most popular student resolutions for the new year. Enjoy them while they last!

1. I will get [x] hours of sleep every night.

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As a university student, all-nighters are practically a rite of passage. The semester begins slowly and assignments are manageable, so there is no need to start that assignment right away, right? WRONG. Suddenly the workload seems insurmountable. The solution? Pull an all-nighter. You started the year off with good intentions but even the best of us can’t resist procrastination every now and again.

2. I'm going to complete ALL readings for class this year.

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Assigned readings can pile up quickly which means it is even more important to keep on top of everything. With the new year inspiration fueling your academic goals, you decide to really stick to completing the readings for all of your classes. As the semester progresses though it can become an increasingly difficult task.

3. I'm going to stop hitting 'snooze'.

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Now that you’ve resolved to get more sleep (see #1), it’s time to stop hitting that pesky snooze button and reclaim those precious early hours of the morning! Gone are the days of wasting an extra hour of the morning! That is until you look out your window to see snow drifting down alerting you to the cold winter day that awaits you once you leave your cozy, warm bed behind.

4. I'm going to hit the gym [x] times per week!

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Getting exercise is part of a healthy balanced lifestyle, so it seems only logical that this would be on the list of things to tackle in the new year. The year starts out full of good intentions, healthy eating, and exercise…until the assignments start to pile up and midterms hit you out of nowhere. But hey, even if you don’t get to the gym as much as you want to, the occasional workout is better than no workout!

5. I'm going to stop procrastinating.

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Procrastination is both the nemesis and the best friend of every student. It seems as though every new year students make a commitment to stop procrastinating and take a proactive approach to their assignments. But when it comes down to a choice between Netflix or writing that term paper or lab report, your willpower will be pushed to the limits.


New Year's resolutions can be a good thing, especially if they help create habits of self-improvement. While most of us may not be able to keep up with our resolutions, you might be more successful! What positive New Year's resolution have you kept in the past that has turned a bad habit good? Comment below! 

Topics: Student Life