With the start of a new year comes an onslaught of New Year’s resolutions—which, for many of us, if we’re being honest—are usually long forgotten come mid-February. So why bother, right? Wrong! As cheesy as it may sound, the New Year is a time to reflect upon the past year of our lives and resolve to make the next even better. With my first semester of college completed and a second quickly approaching, I have found myself reflecting upon my last year with regard to academics. While doing so, I have found that, instead of making broad, unattainable resolutions, it is much more effective to focus on improving one facet of your life at a time (i.e. take it one semester at a time). Here are a few simple resolutions for you—as a high school student—to focus on throughout this upcoming semester:
- Look ahead! As I learned the hard way, deadlines creep up way too quick. With thousands upon thousands of other applicants, colleges, scholarship sponsors, and standardized testing services are not going to be sympathetic to an apology over missing a deadline. As I mentioned in my earlier post, avoid this by keeping a calendar of important dates such as scholarship deadlines, college application deadlines, school assignments, etc.
- Make a commitment to do your best. Not everyone is meant to get straight As and 4.0 GPAs; however, everyone can commit to putting their personal best into everything they do—no matter how large or small the task.
- Stop procrastinating. Start projects and applications early. Stop underestimating how much time it will take to get something done and look toward your calendar and shoot for an earlier completion deadline.
- Don’t try to do it all! Most anyone can join every club on campus and be marginally involved in them all; nonetheless, schools are looking for the level of commitment that shows readiness to stick with something and make the most of it. Find your niche. Even as a college student, dedication in a select few organizations is far more productive than participating in everything on campus. Don’t stretch yourself too thin!
- Most importantly: Get excited about going to college. Whatever college you choose there will be new people to meet, new things to try, and great times to be had. While it may seem like you haven’t seen the light of day in over two months for all of the applications and scholarships, the light at the end of the tunnel is near!
Contrary to popular belief, New Year’s resolutions don’t have to span over an entire year. Think of your resolutions as a way of reaching milestones throughout the year. Resolutions aren’t just for the New Year.
If there’s something you feel needs to change with yourself don’t wait until the New Year; get started right away!