New Year’s Resolutions for a College Senior

Well ladies and gentlemen, underclassmen and transfers, let me do the honors and say congrats on making it through an interesting 2017. Here’s to an eventful 2018 for all of us.

Man, I know I’ve talked about this before but being a senior in college is the last step before we enter the “adult world.”


[Talking to the adult world.]

But seriously, everything begins to set a little more as a senior. Small things become crucial to your success and you have to feel ready.

Even our New Year’s resolutions become more vital as with this being my last semester, these resolutions will be shaping my first steps into the adult world.

  1. Continue to live better (Food + Gym)

Since I started this new health kick, I have been feeling a lot better about myself and I don’t see a reason to stop. I’m not saying I’ll go vegan anytime soon but every now and then, a salad isn’t the worst idea I’ve heard. Plus, the gym has been my favorite part of my daily schedule.

  1. Get a new wardrobe started

I’ve been #TeamHoodie since my first day in college. But if I’m going to be entering the real world, I should revamp my wardrobe a little bit. More button-downs and jackets never hurt anyone.

  1. Become a true Iowa Stater

I still need to attend a game at Hilton Coliseum. I haven’t been campaniling. I haven’t done the walk around Lake Laverne in silence. I haven’t tried all the food carts. I haven’t taken a photo with Cy or any of his sculpted counterparts. So, I have a lot to do.

  1. Make Dean’s List again

Grades are important. We have fun along the way, but grades come first. Making Dean’s List would be the perfect way to cap off my undergraduate college career. I know it is possible with the right ethic.

  1. Start saving money more effectively

Taking HDFS 183: Personal Finance for Young Adults last semester was a major wake-up call for me in terms of that I needed to really become more aware of my financial state. Charting out how much money I can spend versus how much I should save will definitely benefit me in the long run.

  1. Schedule my life better (including sleep)

For a while, I could get by on little sleep and never using a planner. As I grow busier, I’m realizing that having a planner would be a smart move to effectively plan for my daily, weekly and monthly routines. Plus, getting more sleep will benefit myself health-wise.

  1. Plan for my summer before grad school

I want to have an amazing summer prior to attending grad school. Whether it is seeing new sights, gaining new friends or reconnecting with old ones, I doubt I will have a dull summer in 2018.

  1. Get some new tattoos

This one is more for vanity, but I loved getting my first tattoo. It’s been four years since my last one and I can’t wait to get more done. Tattoos are a great way to express yourself but don’t spend the money if you have prior needs.

  1. Go on a big trip with my friends

Going along with my summer plans, the last major trek I went on was in 2012. If I can get some friends who want to pile in a car and make the trip somewhere we’ve never been before, this would be a great resolution for all of us.

  1. Understand what being an adult means

Being an adult is something that was always meant to happen. But it becomes our goal to make it that way. We just need the right guidance to get us there and with the right trial and error, you can become successful. That is my mindset as I graduate this semester.

Those are my resolutions and realize that we are already adults but there is still a lot to learn before we all are ready. And it is completely okay if you don’t feel ready because you aren’t the first and won’t be the last.

This thing called life is complicated at first, but I know that these resolutions and the ones you hold dear will help you mold out a good start to being the adult you imagined yourself becoming.

Oh I almost forgot…


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