New year, new semester, new you!

New Year’s offers the opportunity for everyone, including college students, to make resolutions about the improvements we intend to make as the new year begins.

This year, I encourage you to think about a few resolutions that can help ensure your success academically.

Since it’s best to be specific when writing resolutions – set an exact goal for the number of hours you intend to sleep each night during the upcoming semester. Numerous studies have proven the benefits of being a well-rested student, so make sleep high on your list of priorities by scheduling time for it.

Next, become an active part of both the school and the community by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone once a month by trying something new.

Volunteer, join a club, or apply for a leadership position. Doing so will help keep your collegiate experience fresh and exciting, and give you more opportunities for personal growth.

Finally, plan to put an end to your procrastinating by striving to turn in all paper assignments a day early. Despite how unrealistic this may sound, making sure you finish each paper at least one day early means less stress and less angst, and probably a better paper.

A new year, a new you. Take a moment and think about what you can resolve to do this year to make this your best semester ever!


Karina is the TJC Marketing student assistant. She's also a student in the Presidential Honors program.