It’s that time of year, folks! 2015 is upon us and with it comes the tradition of making a New Year’s resolution. For those of you who haven’t decided on one yet, check out some of the following ideas:
1. Get involved
Michigan State University offers endless opportunities for students – clubs, organizations, and groups galore. Browse the university’s website and explore social media to check out what’s coming up on the calendar. Ask your friends, friends of friends, even post on Facebook that you’re interested in putting yourself out there.
2. Apply for a part-time job
I think by now we all understand that college is expensive. Not only can a part-time job help ease the debt, but it can also influence you to better manage your time. The knowledge of having to go to work may keep you from wasting any spare time you have and rather utilize it to finish class assignments. MSU’s location near Grand River Avenue provides numerous potential employment possibilities. In addition, there are on-campus options like Culinary Services, Student Ambassadors, Neighborhood Facilities and more.
3. Be a smarter spender
If you currently have a job or are looking to apply for one, make it a goal to balance the use of your paycheck in the New Year. For students who hold accounts with the MSU Federal Credit Union, call or walk in to discuss creating a savings account to deposit the money you make that isn’t needed to pay for housing or rent, food, and maybe the occasional shopping spree or movie night. There’s an MSUFCU located on campus in the Student Union building.
4. Decide your major
It’s time! If you haven’t already, try a meeting with your academic advisor. These professionals are available specifically to guide students in discovering where they fit. Career Services also offers a test that evaluates students based on their interests and skill set. Or maybe you just need to find out what you’re good at, so try new things. Your future profession could be something you haven’t even experienced yet.
5. Find inspiration
Sometimes, all someone needs to find is an idea that inspires them to move forward. Inspiration can push you toward a goal, whether it’s a career, a relationship, or personal growth. A dream board can be a perfect way to formulate this vision. Grab your favorite family photos, newspaper/magazine clippings, Instagram printouts, whatever it may be that inspires you. Throw it all together on a poster or bulletin board and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.
6. Kick your caffeine habit
School is important, yes, but so is your health. Don’t depend on caffeine to keep you awake during those late night study sessions. Manage your homework schedule so you can get a good amount of sleep at night and lessen the need for an unnatural boost. In addition, try substituting that second or third cup of coffee with a tall glass of water.
7. Find your “spot” on campus
For some of us, it’s impossible to study or accomplish anything inside the walls of our own rooms. Luckily, MSU’s large campus offers a variety of buildings to escape to – 6 libraries, 2 Starbucks, the Student Union, and more. Your “spot” may not even be a place specifically established for study purposes. It could be a bench in the MSU Botanical Garden where a light breeze carries away the worry, a quiet classroom on the third floor of Case Hall, or even an empty table in the laundry room where the delicate hum of the dryers can really help you focus.
8. Create a bucket list or accomplish something on your bucket list
Everyone has one or two things that they want to see or do in their lives. Whether it may be to travel to Paris, France and take a picture with the Eiffel Tower or to get a tattoo, try and make it happen this year! From the musical words of Rent: “No day, but today”.
9. Take the bus less, walk more
This idea coincides with the “get healthy” resolution that many people attempt to accomplish in the New Year. However, during the first couple of weeks following January 1st, fitness centers across campus fill up more quickly as “resolutioners” show up to get fit. The simple action of choosing not to take the bus to Anthony Hall, or wherever it is you’re going, allows the opportunity to burn some extra calories with minimal effort.
10. Be happier
College can get the best of all of us. You’re not alone in feeling discouraged at times. Is your GPA getting you down? Not adjusting well to campus life? Having trouble branching out? Use this year to stand up and make a change. Don’t worry. Be happy.
These are just a few resolutions that you can try this year. If you have an idea that’s more personal to you or a goal you want to reach, go for it!
From all of us at The Big Green, have a happy New Year and make 2015 your best year yet.