5 New Year’s Resolutions
That High School Seniors Should
It’s officially 2017, which means it’s time to set your New Year’s resolution. Before you roll your eyes at the whole idea of #NewYearNewMe, this new year really can be a chance to take inventory, readjust your goals, and look ahead to the coming year. Whether you’re anxiously waiting for a college acceptance or have already happily accepted one, it’s important to stay productive and focused throughout the winter and spring. Without further ado, here are a few New Year's resolutions for students to inspire and motivate!
1. Keep your grades up.
We’ll get the most boring of the New Year's resolutions for students out of the way first. After you’ve sent off your applications, and especially after you’ve gotten an acceptance, it’s easy to lose focus in your high school classes. Don’t. Do. This. Your acceptance is contingent on passing all your classes and maintaining the same level of academic performance that you showed the college on your transcript. You’ll be able to relax and let your mind wander over the summer – don’t go on vacation early just because you’re a senior.
2. Stay out of trouble.
Okay, so maybe this resolution seems equally as boring as the first, but I’m going to include it anyways. When I was a senior in high school, we felt grown up, invincible, and ready for the “real world.” For a lot of my peers, that translated into making really bad decisions without fear of the very real consequences. One friend of mine was gravely injured in a drunk driving accident just days before graduation. Another was not allowed to walk across the stage at graduation because of poor behavior in school. These are extreme examples, but the illustrate a very real issue of senioritis. Be safe and responsible in 2017 (and beyond). Please.
3. Get ready for campus life.
This resolution for students is a fun way to ready yourself for college so your transition isn’t so tough. Look up dorm-friendly recipes on Pinterest and learn how to make them. Start hunting for good deals on décor and supplies for your dorm room. If you have a ton of stuff (shout- out to fellow clothes hoarders), start donating or selling things that won’t fit in your tiny dorm closet. Doing little things like this throughout the first half of 2017 will help make the actual adjustment much less overwhelming.
4. Find a new hobby.
Make it a goal to start doing something you’ve never done before. You’ll have more free time as a senior in high school than you will as a freshman in college, so now is the time to explore some passions you’ve pondered but haven’t attempted. Start your blog, learn to play the guitar, or knit a blanket – whatever. Challenge yourself to try something new, and you can bring anything you enjoy into college with you.
5. Get excited.
This might seem like a silly resolution for students, but it’s important. If you didn’t get into your dream school and are heading to your safety in the fall, get excited. If you’re nervous about leaving home for the first time, get excited. Look into organizations and social activities that you can take advantage of in college, and connect with your future classmates on social media. Buy some spirit wear to rep your future home, and realize you’re about to embark on a fantastic four years, so seriously… GET EXCITED.