By Aisha Jiles
Classes are going to start within the next two weeks and with the summer winding down, this can be a really stressful time for new and returning students. One way I choose to deal with the stress is making my list of back to school resolutions.
I do have the typical New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, learn to swim, or get over some irrational fear but as we all know, by February those resolutions end up in the closet between the Christmas lights and that gift you’ve been meaning to return. I find back to school resolutions are easier to maintain and accomplish because they are short term. You are at school, so you have a whole support system and an abundance of resources, and without the distractions of living at home, you can manage your resolutions to fit your time and your schedule. The best thing about back to school resolutions is that you have three times to make them since we have three semesters as opposed to the one blanket resolution we all make at the beginning of the year.
I think the best way to go about back to school resolutions is to first make sure you have the time. If you are one of those students who are taking six major classes and have two jobs, maybe you can only get one resolution accomplished this semester, which is fine because you don’t want to overload yourself.
Next I would make the resolutions list. The list should be between one and five things that you want to accomplish by the end of the semester. If you are a busy student like I mentioned before, then you should make only one or two resolutions. However, if you’re a student with a lot of free time then I would go for the five resolutions.
Finally, the last thing to remember when making back to school resolutions is to make them reasonable. You probably shouldn’t make a resolution to go skydiving at the end of the semester knowing that you have to study for finals and write papers.
Whether you choose one resolution or five, there is no grade for life experience, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t complete them all, just save it for next semester. Above all, your resolutions should be fun and you should be proud of yourself by the end of the semester, especially if your resolution is to make it to the end of the semester.