2012 is here, and it's gearing up to be a big year. Supposedly the world is supposed to end in December (which would be unfortunate) but this can be spun into a positive: if the world is ending, why not make this the best year yet? Regardless of your opinion on the ancient Mayans, college offers a unique opportunity to learn, experience and live better than you ever have before. Take the chance to make this year great with these resolutions:
- Procrastinate Less. We all do it. Some people do it more than others. Some people do it all the time. Yes, procrastination can seduce even the best student, starting with the all-too-tempting Facebook notification and escalating into a full-blown Gossip Girl marathon via Netflix. In 2012, vow to control your procrastination: whether it be changing your Pinterest password when you have a big paper due or studying in a place with no internet, find a way to make sure your procrastination is healthy, not consuming.
- Keep Up With Current Events. 2011 was a tumultuous year. Between the Arab Spring, Occupy protests, Japanese tsunami, budget crisis and continuing recession, among many other issues, it seemed like a new crisis was hitting the world everyday. In 2012, the presidential race is only the beginning of what is in store. Read a newspaper or news magazine every week, or make a list of news websites to check every morning (just be sure to vary your sources in order to get a full picture of current events). Still seem like too much to handle with a busy schedule? Pick one issue or story to follow over a long period of time to ease into a news monitoring habit. One suggestion is the Kony 2012 campaign by Invisible Children.
- Read More Books (for fun). Remember the days of camping out in Barnes and Noble for the newest Harry Potter book, going to the library every weekend and the excitement of ordering books from the Scholastic catalog? Though adding another book to read in college seems counter-intuitive, considering it is hard enough to keep up with assigned textbook reading, reading for fun actually reduces stress. Need suggestions? Check out our post on books every student should read before (or during) college.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. The newest trend in colleges? Going green. At Loyola, the freshman summer reading was No Impact Man, and convocation was "no-impact" themed, not to mention most of the new construction will be LEED-certified, and massive improvements are being made to the environmental research facilities. But Loyola isn't the only institution looking to be environmentally-conscious: the colleges on the Princeton Review's 2012 Green Honor Roll span the entire nation, with initiatives like carbon neutrality and free bikes to all faculty, staff and visitors. With all these schools making the efforts to be eco-friendly, find out what your school is doing and help with the effort. On a more personal level, head to this website, find out what your carbon footprint is and how to reduce it. Mother Earth thanks you in advance.
- Accomplish One Item From Your Bucket List. Go to a motorcycle rally. Start writing a novel. Go skydiving. Buy a flight to a foreign country on a whim. Interview a grandparent about their life. Go to a book reading by your favorite author. Camp at a music festival. Apply to a job you have no chance of getting. Skip class and re-create Ferris Bueller's day off. Live like the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. Why not? You have a whole new year to do it.
What are your New Year's Resolutions? Have any resolutions you think college students should make? Do you plan on living 2012 like the world will end in December (and if so, what does that mean for you exactly?) Let us know! Comment below, or tweet us @ChicagoU or comment on our Facebook page.
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