A new year is a fresh start, and for college students, it couldn’t come at a better time. For most schools, a new semester begins in the new year–new classes, new tests to ace, new professors to meet, a clean slate. I love making resolutions, and I knew that every time a new semester came around I could strive to fix the mistakes I made the year before and grow as a student and a peer. Remember, college isn’t all about class, but you’re not there to make bad grades. So consider these five resolutions if you’re a current college student. 

Go to office hours for every professor you have

Professors are paid pretty well to teach you, so take as much of that teaching in as you can. I’ve yet to find a professor that doesn’t offer office hours at least once every two weeks or so. You’ve got a whole semester, so take advantage of that! Resolve to go to office hours for each professor you have at least once each semester. That can mean stopping by to talk about a paper topic, or just touching base about a homework assignment, or even at the beginning to talk interests and get acquainted. Professors are going to be there anyway. You might as well show up and get something from it. 

Take your paper to an on-campus writing center

Most college campuses have a free on-campus writing center where you can get advice and become a better writer. Everyone has room to grow, trust me. Even as an English major at an elite college, I looked forward to taking a paper to the center and getting insight into my arguments before I had to present them to my uber-critical professors. What do you have to lose? Do it at least once a semester, and you may find yourself utilizing it more and more. 

Volunteer off campus

Some colleges are great hubs of volunteer activity, but I noticed during my time in college that a lot of that volunteer work was very insular. The nearby towns and areas were often ignored, and they certainly needed it more than we did on campus. So, if you’re already in the volunteer spirit or looking to start up, I encourage you to find a way to volunteer off campus. It’s good for the soul to get away for a little bit, and your volunteer work will go a lot further. Plus, you’ll be able to expand your own horizons. So try finding a local church to volunteer with, a nearby homeless shelter or a pregnancy clinic. 

Sample different sports events

This is something I regret not doing more in college. Now, I’m an adult without easy access to lacrosse, synchronized swimming, and hockey. Show your support for your athletic friends in their sporting endeavors, show some school pride, and figure out what the heck curling is while you can, for free. You don’t even have to be the school’s biggest fan. Just get out there and learn. Make new friends and take advantage of the plethora of sports on your campus, especially if you’re not the one having to play them. 

No all nighters

Hear me out on this one. Resolve not to have any homework binge all nighters this year. They’re not healthy for you mentally, emotionally, or physically. Your work is rarely better when you’re going it at five in the morning, and it’ll set your sleep schedule back a week or more. In order to achieve this, you’ll have to be diligent about your schedule, but trust me, when you look back at 2020 and brag that you made it through your year of college without any all-nighters you’ll be a real star. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member