Happy New Year, everybody!
I hope that 2017 brings you plenty of laughs, success, and memories.
Now that it’s a new year, I’m sure a lot of you have made New Year’s resolutions for yourselves (new year, new me, am I right?) I don’t know about you, but I have never ONCE kept a new year resolution. Work out every day? Pfffft. Stop procrastinating? Maybe tomorrow. De-clutter my room? As if.
I honestly couldn’t tell you what my 2016 resolutions were – or if I even made any. And I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat as me.
So why do we continue to make New Year’s resolutions that we can’t even remember, let alone achieve!?
This year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I want to try something a little bit different. I want to make new semester resolutions.
Note: this post may contain affiliate links
What Are New Semester Resolutions?
They’re exactly what they sound like – goals made for the new semester. A new semester means a fresh start: new classes, new schedule, new friends… The opportunities are endless.
Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel an amazing sense of optimism and motivation at the beginning of a semester. It’s the perfect opportunity to make some goals for yourself to have the best semester yet.
New semester resolutions are perfect because you have a deadline (the end of the semester, obviously). But unlike a new year, a semester only lasts for about 4 months, which means the goals are more immediate. Your new semester resolutions will stay fresh in your mind, making them easier to achieve.
How to Make Your New Semester Resolutions
In order to make this the greatest semester yet, your new semester resolutions need to be SMART goals. I’m sure you’ve heard about SMART goals before, but if not, here’s the breakdown.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.
Specific. Your new semester resolutions need to be clearly outlined. What exactly are you trying to achieve, and how are you going to do so? For example, instead of saying that you want to lose weight, you would say, “I want to lose weight by making healthier decisions and by going to the gym three times a week.”
Measurable. You should be able to track your new semester resolutions so that you can measure your progress. If your new semester resolution is to study more, you should say, “I want to study for at least 30 minutes every day.”
Achievable. Don’t get too ahead of yourself. If you want a 4.0, but you currently have a 2.6 GPA, maybe you should make a more realistic goal. Also, you need to determine how you are going to achieve your goal. For example, you could say that you want to improve your GPA by studying for at least 30 minutes a day.
Relevant. Do your new semester resolutions matter to you? Or do they matter to somebody else? Is it a good time to attempt to achieve this goal? Do you have the resources needed to achieve this goal? If you’re a college student with a part-time job and 3 different extracurriculars, maybe now isn’t the time to take up unicycling.
Timely. Your goals need to have a deadline (which makes new semester resolutions perfect, since your deadline is the end of the semester!) This is important so that you can efficiently make progress toward your new semester resolutions.
My New Semester Resolutions
Now that you know why to make new semester resolutions, and how to make them, I’d like to share my own new semester resolutions for the Spring 2017 semester!
- Make use of the school gym. Yeah, I know. Everyone’s resolution is to go to the gym every day and to get super fit. But when else am I gonna have access to a free gym membership!? My university gym is small, but effective. There’s also a ton of free classes that I’d like to take advantage of. Working out isn’t my favorite thing to do, but I know summer Gen will regret it if I don’t. This semester, I will work out at the gym at least 3 times a week. And if I don’t feel like going to the gym, I can always do my 16 Minute Dorm Room Workout!
- Make new friends. Don’t get me wrong, my current friends are amazing. But after a busy semester of pledging, followed by a semester abroad, I feel like I haven’t had the opportunity to make a lot of new friends outside of my immediate friend group. There’s also a ton of people I’m friendly with, but not exactly friends with. My new semester resolution is to meet new people and to strengthen those awkward “we’re-kind-of-friends-but-not-really” relationships. I plan on doing so by attending more social events (i.e., mixers) and by making an effort to hang out with people I normally don’t hang out with.
- Achieve a 4.0. I make this resolution every single semester. So far, I’m 2 for 3! I want to make this my third semester with a 4.0 by prioritizing my classes and by studying smarter.
- Become more involved in my community. Getting involved on campus is something I’ve always wanted to do, but never have. I’m always at a loss when I’m asked what I’m involved in at school. I mean… I went to a Habitat for Humanity meeting once or twice???This is actually something I’ve already started working toward! I will be serving on my sorority’s e-council this semester so that I can get further involved in my sisterhood. In addition to that, I’m excited to take advantage of service opportunities and explore the Activities Fair to get more involved in campus organizations.
- Effectively balance my busy schedule. This is the hard part. Unfortunately, when I’m at school, my life is like a balancing act. I’ve got to balance school, friends, work, gym, a long distance relationship, and now a blog! I’ve got a lot on my plate for sure. I’m hoping to achieve this by waking up a bit earlier and by making use of my Erin Condren Life Planner.
Do you have any new semester resolutions? What are they? Leave a comment down below!