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Popular New Year’s Resolutions for College Students


Posted on December 22, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

New year, new semester – new you? January 1 is rapidly approaching and many students take this time to evaluate themselves and the past year. People see the New Year as an opportunity for a fresh start and create resolutions for a better year ahead. So whether you’re looking to create new habits, ditch bad ones, or focus on something to better yourself, use a New Year’s resolution to keep you motivated. 

Check out some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for college students and see if you have any ideas of your own. 

Internships or Jobs

It’s never too soon to be thinking about an internship or applying to a job for some extra cash. A popular New Year’s resolution among college students is to land an internship or job that allows them to gain experience in their field or will help pay for rent, tuition, books or spending money. 

One way to stick to this resolution is to take advantage of the resources that your school offers. DelVal’s Center for Student Professional Development helps students find internships and jobs through career assessment and counseling, resume reviews and interview preparation, and job search strategies. 

Clubs or Sports

If you’ve wanted to join one of the clubs on campus or go out for a sport, make 2016 the year that you do it. Learn as much about the program as you can before actually joining so that you can be sure it’s something you’re really interested in. Talk to people who are already a part of the program to get a first-hand look at what is involved. 

Focusing More on Studies

Maybe your grades weren’t the best last semester and you’re looking to improve this year. You’ll probably need to focus more on your classes and homework, and study outside of class. There are also a few other tips that can help you with this resolution. 

·         Get organized. Being organized can help you stay on top of all of your assignments and exams so that you never miss something and lose points in your class. Use the calendar to keep track of everything so that you won’t fall behind.

·         Seek help where you need it. Sometimes it takes a little extra work and attention from others to fully understand a subject or do well in a class. Most universities have tutoring programs available so that students who need additional help can get it. 


Exercising has numerous health benefits and also relieves your stress, clears your mind and allows you to focus on school work more easily. Many people dedicate their New Year’s resolution to healthy eating, exercise or losing weight. With all of the physical activities offered at your university, in addition to the facilities, exercising more in 2016 could be a great idea for a resolution. 

If you want to make a change in your life or improve upon something, the New Year is the perfect opportunity to take action. Use these tips to help you accomplish your goals. Click here for more tips and tricks from DelVal’s blog.