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5 Great New Year’s Resolutions for High School Students

5 Great New Year’s Resolutions for High School Students

At the beginning of the school year, many students set ambitious goals for the year. Yet, as the fall semester progresses, it’s easy to lose track of those objectives as you get busy. Now that you’ve enjoyed a bit of rest over winter break, it’s almost time to go back to school again. And it’s also time to make a few New Year’s resolutions! The following five resolutions can help you accomplish the goals you set at the beginning of the school year, plus help you get set up for a successful college career.

Set aside a specific time for study every day. If you schedule other activities around your study time, rather than vice versa, school work will move up on your priorities list. Your grades will reflect this shift, and you can avoid stress brought on by procrastination.

Volunteer for a worthy organization once per week. Volunteer work helps you gain perspective on life, keeps you socially active, offers a sense of personal fulfillment, and looks great on college applications. These valuable experiences can even inspire terrific essays that can help you earn scholarships.

Challenge yourself to try something new. While studying and extracurricular activities probably take up the bulk of your time, you should continue to challenge yourself to try new things. High school is the perfect time in life to learn about yourself, and gain perspective on life that will guide your future college education and career path. Decide to try one new thing per month, and you might discover a lifelong passion.

Set a health goal. It’s normal to focus on essays, college applications, and deadlines at this time, but don’t neglect your health. Whether you choose to improve your diet, get more exercise, or sleep better, set a resolution that will keep you healthy enough to keep up with all of your activities.

Commit to accomplishing one college-related goal per week. Make a calendar of the college-related activities you need to pursue, such as test dates, application deadlines, campus visits, and research. Then set aside time each week to cross one item off of your to-do list. Doing this will prevent procrastination, and help ensure that you wind up at the right university for you.

Don’t forget: we specialize in helping high school students prepare for successful college careers. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about the admissions procedure, testing, scholarship applications, and more.