Cover Story: Top 10 ways to be a better student in the New Year

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By Julianne Mosher

Campus News

The start of a New Year and new semester brings us hope. We all wait anxiously to have a brand new clean slate; 365 days that could be started over.

At this time, we either make a mental note of New Year resolutions or actually write them down on paper. Some people have one main goal; they want to stop smoking, they want to find love, they want to be happier. Other people like to get everything that they do wrong in one list so they can try and correct themselves.

But as we students approach 2015, we need to get ourselves buckled down while we look forward to the spring semester and become the most successful human beings that we could possibly be.

To start of the New Year, here is a list of 10 resolutions we all should try to follow in order to get that 4.0 GPA.

10. Start using a planner
If you don’t use one already, it’s a good idea to start utilizing a planner or a calendar to organize the list of things you have to do. Especially when school starts back up in January, writing down and checking off everything that you need to get done will help you on your road to success.

9. Look for part-time jobs or an internship
Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to be poor. This semester, try to find an easy part-time job on or off campus that can give you some extra money for your wallet. Having a job in college may be difficult to balance but if you do it and do it right, future employers will respect your ability to multitask. Internships are also a huge part of your future and applying for them early on will definitely make your resume much more appealing after graduation!

8. Get more involved on campus
You are paying for activity fees in your tuition. Why waste your money? Try out a club. Whether it’s arts and crafts or a sports team, you’ll have fun and it will be a nice break from a hectic school schedule.

7. Keep in touch with your old friends
Making friends in college is important but make sure you keep the relationships going with your high school, middle school and childhood friends. If they are far away try to Skype them once in a while. If they live next door, go get a cup of coffee. You don’t want to lose these long-term relationships.

6. Charge less on the credit card
You’re already in debt; you don’t want to add any more interest to your name. Use your credit cards for things you definitely need rather than want. Those new shoes can wait but the textbooks are more necessary.

5.  Eat healthier
It’s hard especially if you’re always on the run. However, try to pack a healthy sandwich or salad with you instead of stopping for fast food. Your body will thank you and so will your mind.

4. Go to the gym
Included in your tuition is also a payment for your school’s gym so why not take advantage of it? Regardless of whether or not you lift, try going for a run on the treadmill or take a yoga class at the gym. You need to exercise in order to keep a healthy mind. Working out relieves stress and if you make a weekly habit of visiting the gym, you will be much happier.

3. Get some sleep
It’s hard, we know. But you need at least six hours of sleep each night. Also it’s best if you get your body into a sleep schedule. It’ll be difficult at first but try going to bed at the same time every night. This will make it easier for you to wake up in the morning, thus having much more energy.

2. Do something out of your element
You’re young! Try something different. Go to a new place, travel a little bit and go a little crazy. This is the time to be selfish and enjoy yourself. Try something out that you never would have ever tried before. Why not!?

1. Get your homework done a day in advance
This is also a hard one but you won’t regret it. If you get your homework and other work done a day in advance, you’ll be able to proofread your work and double check the facts. One tip that seems to work well is to do the homework the day it gets assigned to you. If you get it done while it’s still fresh in your head, it’ll be less work later on and you won’t end up procrastinating.

Happy New Year!

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