Let's bring in the New Year right by setting attainable goals that will bring us success in the upcoming year. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Aim for Good Grades
This might be an obvious resolution, but it's an important one. Reflect on study habits that have prevented you from getting good grades in the past and focus on changing those habits in the future.
2. Procrastinate Less
Most everyone is guilty of procrastinating a project or two. But waiting till the last minute to finish your work will inevitably lead to a rushed job and not your best work. While you may be able to slip by with procrastinating in middle or high school, the habit will not benefit you in college when assignments are more extensive and require more time to complete.
3. Learn to Ask for Help
Whether it's asking college counselors for advice or having a teacher read over your English paper, there's nothing wrong with asking for help. In fact, asking for help can often lead to even more success.
4. Take Standardized Tests Early
This resolution is geared more towards high school students--but taking standardized tests early sets you up for a good test score. Even if your first score isn't ideal, you will leave yourself enough time to study and re-take the test.
5. Try something new
Now is the time to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Experiencing new things allows you to learn new things about yourself.
6. Keep a Calendar
No matter how good you think you are at remembering things, deadlines can easily pile up and be forgotten. The habit a calendar of scholarship, college application, and assignment deadlines will save you from many missed opportunities. For bonus points, keep track of family and friends' birthdays and never forget a birthday :)
7. Be Proud of your accomplishments
You're a motivated student with lots of dreams and a good idea of where you want to be in the future, but just because you're not where you want to be does not mean you shouldn't be proud of where you are. Be proud of your accomplishments.