Spoiler alert: No, I am not sitting next to you right now. But I do know that there have been two or three "resolutions" that have crossed your mind leading up to 2015, about which by now, mid-January, you've told yourself..."I guess I really don't need to change that" or "it's too cold/hot/busy/empty/far/close/early/late to go to the gym/workout/eat better." It happens to the best of us, and I know at least for me that it happens every year.
For college students, change is always constant, whether it is planned or not: new friends, new classes, new assignments, and before you know it, you've graduated and you're at a new place with a new job working for a new boss and new coworkers. It can all move pretty quickly, so here are four new year's resolutions applicable for any college student, but specifically for college seniors, to make your last semester everything that it should be while also easing the transition from college life to the real world.
4. Build/perfect your resume
I can't really stress this one enough. Your resume is how all potential employers will judge you. Sure, you can knock the job interview out of the park and leave thinking for sure that you got the job. But when your interviewer looks at all the candidates that applied for the position, he or she might not always remember how you interviewed and will have to reference your resume. Having a bold and polished resume leaves a lasting impression.
3. Make sure to thank everyone who has helped you achieve all that you have accomplished
This resolution can be applied at any point in your life. However, as a senior college student, it is especially relevant. Graduating college is no easy task and unless you know secrets unbeknownst to the rest of the world, you didn't make it to the end without the help of someone... be it parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, professors, advisors, coaches, or even your best friends. Take a moment to stop and tell them thank you. It will likely mean more to them than you think.
2. It's not too late to make (or lose) friends
Senior activities and senior week are a blast and will bring you together with fellow students that you might have never met. Instead of judging them, enjoy everyone's company. Personally, I met just as many people during the second semester of my senior year as I did coming in my freshman year.
On the flip side, your senior year may be the last impression that your friends will remember you by until you see them again. Make sure not to graduate making that impression sour through an argument or a silly incident that causes a rift between you and your friends.
1. Enjoy your last semester!
Don't let anyone fool you: the real world is a great place, but it doesn't hold a candle to the college lifestyle. One of my professors always told the class, "When you work, do work. When you play, play." It seems to be simple and common sense, but think about it. How often are you working on an assignment while being distracted by your phone or watching tv? On the flip side, how often do you find yourself doing something you enjoy and thoughts of "I really should be doing this" pop into your head. There is always time for both, so this semester, try to keep a balance between the two.
Everyone's college experience is unique, but aiming to keep these resolutions will ensure a regret-free and enjoyable experience for every college student.