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New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully you all feel refreshed and ready to take on the that challenges 2014 will bring! When thinking about those dreaded resolutions, remember to consider your education. Read below about the resolutions that Parizad has decided on to make the most of her time at University.

The New Year brings exciting new opportunities, new chances and a fresh start for those of us who felt last year was a heavy weight that they’re more than happy to leave behind. They say that if you start off the new year in a good way it will end the same way. And since we’re students, the “good” in life is significantly affected by how well we do academically. That’s why I always start mine off by mapping out goals I wan to achieve for my education. It’s pretty much the only thing I dare make resolutions about. It’s much easier to uphold than junk food abstinence, isn’t it?

So here are my university resolutions for 2014:

  1. Always make sure I have scribbled down a few lines of notes before leaving the lecture. I have to admit, whenever a professor would give a handout I would never bother to take down anything further, thinking it’s all already in there. But recently this year I began to annotate additionally, and found that professors will always drop a few extra gems for you to pick up that will certainly help you in coursework and exams.
  2. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. I have often decided against asking for assistance when I’ve needed it in a tutorial, simply because I’ve been too afraid to appear stupid. Don’t make this mistake. You are here to learn and the staff are here to teach. As long as you gain the knowledge at the end of the day, nothing else matters. Or else you’ll be regretting it come exam day when sweat is tricking down your neck and you wish you had asked that vital question.
  3. Get more involved in campus life. I was an antisocial penguin when I first arrived at university. But since the past two years I’ve been making a solid effort to join clubs and societies to get the chance to meet new people and immerse in recreational activities. I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly and plan to try more things. Maybe join the drama club for some confidence boost? Oh, and finally go out on that pub night I’ve been avoiding.

I think that’s enough for now. Only take on what you can realistically see yourself accomplishing. So signing up for University Challenge will probably have to wait till next year. Hopefully these resolutions will help me become better than I was in 2013. I always think of it as shedding my old skin like a snake and then moving on.

What are your resolutions for the new year? Have to had any before, and have they worked out for you? Did you feel anything went wrong in 2013 that you can use 2014 to improve on?

I wish you all a happy new year ahead with success and contentment.

Until next blog,

Pari