So it’s a new year. You’ve probably set a few goals and made a few resolutions, but here are a few realistic changes that you can make that will have a positive impact on your life – both inside the classroom and out.
1. Clean out your backpack/car/room – Don’t wait until spring, do it now! There are probably a few crumbled up papers and broken pencils at the bottom of your backpack, some empty water bottles freezing in your car, and more than one or two items of clothing that you don’t wear anymore. Get rid of them and start this semester fresh.
2. Start a new journal or planner – Buy a brand new 2017 planner and a pen in your favorite color, and journal away. Try out a specific method like bullet journaling or make up your own! Either way, you’ll feel a new sense of pride in your cool new journal, and maybe you’ll even keep up on it!
3. Say no to something – As honor’s students, we tend to get involved in many clubs, activities and teams in an effort to build our resumes. While all of this involvement can be good, sometimes it results in a burn out or not being able to keep up with all of your commitments. If you feel like you are drowning in schoolwork or are feeling especially overwhelmed, consider turning down a new opportunity if you can. You might find that you have more time and energy to commit to the activities you’re already involved in!
4. Find a mentor – If you’re a junior or senior, you should be starting to think about your career after college; consider finding a mentor in your field. Reach out to a professor that you like and ask if they or someone they know would be willing to sit down with you and chat about your future. You might be surprised by how much they care about your success!
Hopefully at least one of these ideas sparked your interest. Here’s to a successful and happy semester!
Happy New Year from your friends at the Frederik Meijer Honors College!