2019 is Here: 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Students

A new year means an opportunity for a fresh start. It’s time to hit reset and refocus your goals and routines. For seniors getting ready to head off to college, spring semester is a critical time to get everything organized and end the year on a positive note. Coming up with New Year’s resolutions that you’ll actually stick to can be tough, but if you make them meaningful and achievable, it can keep you motivated to stay on track.

If you’re struggling with figuring out what changes you want to make, here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Stop Procrastinating. It’s so tempting to slack off as the end of the year approaches, but that is exactly what you don’t want to do. You’ve worked so hard all year, so don’t let your grades backslide now. Make it a point to start on projects and assignments when they’re assigned so you’re not scrambling at the last minute to throw something together. Working on a little bit each day can also help to keep things less stressful.

2. Get Organized. Set up a calendar for yourself with any due dates, deadlines, meetings, activities, events, and other things you are involved in. This can help you to plan more effectively because you can see everything you have going on. Take the time to reorganize your notes, get new notebooks or binders for spring classes, and tidy up your desk so there’s less clutter and you can stay focused.

3. Ask for Help. Instead of sinking down in your chair or fumbling your way through an assignment hoping for the best, speak up and ask for help. Get clarification from your teacher, ask for more examples, or see if they can explain things differently. Attending office hours, staying after school for extra help, or signing up for tutoring can also be great ways to ensure you’re mastering concepts you need to know.

4. Practice Self Care. Now is a good time to evaluate all of your obligations — from schoolwork to clubs to sports to dance to music to volunteering — and prioritize your time so you don’t become burned out. Are there activities you’re not as interested in anymore or that don’t fit well into your schedule? Consider cutting them. Also, schedule downtime into your day where you can relax and do something fun that you enjoy. Make sure you’re able to sit down and enjoy meals with your family and get to bed at a decent time so you can be energized for the next day.

5. Prepare for College. Research different programs you’re interested in studying and consider shadowing people to learn more about their jobs. Find out when deadlines are for college applications, and sign up for the SATs or ACTs.

6. Stay Positive. Be kind to yourself and try to keep an optimistic outlook. Realize that everyone makes mistakes and you’re trying your best, so don’t get too down on yourself. Start a gratitude journal where you write down things you are thankful for and can have something to look back on when times are rough.

Develop New Year’s resolutions that you’re passionate about and want to achieve. Get help preparing for the SATs or ACTs, learning how to write a compelling admissions essay, or boosting your understanding of subjects you may be struggling with in school by contacting Crafting Scholars today. We work with you to create an individualized plan that fits your needs and abilities and sets you up for success. Make 2019 the best year yet.