New Year’s Resolutions – Think Positive!
New Year’s Resolutions for students
It is a cold wet afternoon at the end of December. The rain has been pouring down all day, and it is getting dark, even though it is barely five o’clock. Christmas is over, the tree is starting to lose its leaves and you are feeling discouraged at the thought of the year ahead. The end of year exams which are now less than six months away, all the revision you still have to do, the obstacles and hurdles which lie ahead. Stop there!
Take a deep breath and think positive. The new year is an excellent time for making those all-important resolutions which will drive you to success and a brilliant and exciting period in your life, studying abroad at a world-class university.
How to write New Year’s Resolutions?
Your educational journey is like a train trip, with stops along the way, leading to a final destination – achieving your life goals. Perhaps you want to be a doctor, a computer games designer, or a structural engineer? Now is the time to make New Year’s Resolutions and focus on the future. It includes all the amazing opportunities it offers, the discoveries and the friendships, the new ideas and achievements you will make over the next few years. With that in mind, write down your New Year’s Resolutions. Here are a few pointers to consider:
You have come so far already, you have passed the tests, written the essays, learned the dates and the formulas. Remember, you can do it. What is more, you have the talent and the knowledge to sail through those secondary school exams and get that diploma. Be proud of what you have achieved at school and recognise your many strengths.
On areas you have missed, subjects you are not clear about or things you have not quite understood. Make a list of what you need to cover or go over and set yourself a deadline for tackling these topics. Resolve to ask your teachers for help and decide when you will approach them – then do it!
This is another New Year’s Resolution. If you have any outstanding written work, finish it as soon as possible. You do not need that weight on your shoulders. The same goes for reading lists. Perhaps you have not written up an experiment, read that boring poem the class will be analysing next term, or learned the imperfect tense for your language class. Do not drag last year’s baggage into the new year. Deal with it, get a sense of satisfaction at being up to date, and move on.
Are you sleeping enough, or sitting up in bed until 2am, watching a stream of YouTube videos? Are you eating badly and at irregular times? Have you found relaxation techniques that work for you? Studying can be exhausting and unproductive if you are tired or hungry. You owe it to yourself to be healthy, so sit down and think about it as a New Year’s Resolution. Evaluate your diet and habits, and then decide what you need to improve and how to do it.
Use post-it notes, wallcharts and even inspirational quotes to keep yourself on track. Jot down your short-term goals and tick them off, remind yourself of important dates, and stay in charge of your own time and your own destiny. Every time you see something as a big problem, break it down into small pieces rather than spin around, panicking. You will be surprised how much easier it is to handle.
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Finally, march into this New Year, your head held high, full of self-belief, your eyes fixed on the amazing future ahead of you, studying at university abroad. You have so much to look forward to!
Happy New Year from all the team at Elab!