New Year’s Resolutions
With the Fall semester already behind us, the holidays will be here before we know it. Although this time of year is known to be relaxing, warm, and cozy, there is also some responsibility that comes with the new year and the knowledge of a new semester starting shortly. Resolutions, goals, fresh ideas, new habits–these are all some of the ways we try to transform ourselves as we leave our old habits and difficulties in the past. While New Year’s resolutions can be an important part of our growth and self-discovery, it is also important to not get too carried away.
Every John Cabot student learns to view the world analytically and acquires critical thinking skills. Why not take these skills into account when setting New Year’s resolutions? Instead of falling into the habit of many people by setting a million unrealistic goals for yourself, I would encourage you to approach the new year rationally. You should set–and stick to–only 3 New Year’s resolutions: one academic, one personal, and one social.
Why Only Three?
By breaking down your resolutions into categories like academic, personal, and social goals, you have a much higher chance of sticking to them. Your list going into the new year will not be an overwhelming page of scary tasks and unrealistic expectations. Instead, it will be concise, specific, and well-rounded. Setting resolutions that you know you can achieve is the best way to feel great about your accomplishments when you approach the holiday season next year.
- Take advantage of the JCU library resources
- Enroll in a class you think would be particularly challenging
- Improve your overall GPA
- Speak up more in class
- Get to know one of your professors; maybe you’ll end up with a new mentor!
- Do your homework the day it’s assigned
- Read a book for personal pleasure or growth every month
- Travel to a new country
- Take a walk through Rome’s historic center once a week
- Join an athletic class at the JCU fitness center
- Explore a new neighborhood of Rome every month
- Start learning a new language
- Make an effort to get along better with your roommate
- Sit with someone new in the cafeteria
- Join a JCU student club
- Host a dinner party with friends
- Volunteer at a local charity through JCU’s Community Service program
- Support your classmates by attending a JCU Gladiators game