We have all heard the saying “New Year, New Me” when it comes to bringing in a new year. While this is a great time to make changes that you believe will be beneficial to your life going forward, there are a lot of times when sticking to your resolutions becomes harder than expected. The sky is the limit when it comes to these resolutions but making them realistic gives you the greatest chance of sticking to them. Below are some tips to help you stick to your New Year Resolution.
Start Small- If you have a resolution to exercise more in the New Year, it can be hard to go from 0-100. Help yourself by starting small and working up to your expected goal as you move along. This will increase your chances of sticking to the goal and creating a routine/habit.
Change One Behavior at a Time- If you have more than one resolution, focus on one at a time. Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time so replacing them will take times as well.
Make It Personal- While you are making your goals for the year, think of why it is important to you. By determining your inner motivation, and writing your goals down, you will be personally inspired to stick to it and keep progressing.
Focus on Progress, Not Perfection- Perfection is unattainable so making small steps towards your goals are normal and okay. Don’t let the image of perfection stop you from seeing all the progress you are making day in and day out.
Accountability- Share your goals with others and ask them to hold you accountable. Think of this as the ‘buddy system’. People who tell others about their goals are more likely to accomplish them because they’re afraid of failing in front of other people. Use this as motivation!
We know you’re struggling to get that gift list together for this holiday season! We polled our college age staff and residents to come up with a list of gifts perfect for that college student in your life. Here are 5 great gifts for broke college students!
This may feel like a no brainer, but often people forget what it was like to live off of Ramen noodles and tuna sandwiches in college! A gift basket full of toiletry items and groceries they used to take for granted when they lived with their parents makes a great gift!
2. Gift Cards
Gift cards are always a win for college students. Especially if you’re not that close to the student in question, a gift card is an easy go-to. Favorites for college students right now include Amazon and fast food joints like Chick-Fil-A. When asked, however, most students will tell you VISA. This may feel impersonal to the older generations, but it’s what the student wants most! You can’t go wrong with good old cash, either.
3. On Campus Bookstore Gift Cards
This is a big one that will actually help with their education. If you want to go more for something you KNOW they will use, go for an on-campus bookstore gift certificate. Books are expensive and most of the time not covered, even for some scholarship students.
4. School Merch
If your student is the school spirit type, get some merch! College merch can often get pricy and students are less likely to buy it for themselves when they’re living paycheck to paycheck. College students can have a lot of school pride and want to rep their school to events or even just to class. This is a good pick for a winter hoodie!
5. Gas Card
This one is self-explanatory. While we think running out of gas is sort of a college student rite of passage, it’s definitely not fun! Make sure your student is taken care of this winter break!