One of the joys of the season is making New Year's resolutions that you fully intend to keep but somehow never quite manage. According to Wikipedia (which would know such things), the most popular goals, in order, are: lose weight, pay off debts, save money, get a better job, get fit, eat right, get a better education, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, and reduce stress overall.
But for many college students, it's No. 7, get a better education, that looms largest. So, in the spirit of the season, here are 10 New Year's resolutions that would be good to make—and a fallback position for each, in case you're living in the real world. Happy New Year from Lynn and Jeremy!
1. Make all the classes (or at least miss no more than two or three in any subject).
2. Take notes during the whole lecture (or at least pick up your pen every 10 minutes).
3. Do all the reading before the class (or at least do some of the reading sometime or other during the semester).
4. Show up for section and contribute to each meeting (or at least ask a question in a section meeting one time when there's that deadly silence and the first-year-graduate-student TA is sweating bricks).
5. Go to an office hour before each test and every paper (or at least grace the professor with your presence one time during the semester, like before the term paper).
6. Limit your Facebook / Twitter / College Humor / RateMyProfessors / Second City / IM-ing time to an hour a day (or at least expand your studying time to one hour a day).
7. Write drafts of all your papers (or at least proofread your papers before handing them in so there are no unintelligible sentences, wrong words, or homonyms that the spell check doesn't catch).
8. Take courses that fulfill the unpleasant distribution requirements (or at least sign up for that one math course that'll keep you in college for seven years if you keep putting it off).
9. Never pull an all-nighter (or at least pull an all-nighter only when it really counts, the night before the 50-percent-of-the-grade final).
10. Confine your partying to weekends (or at least Thursday through Monday). And stop at three drinks (even when there's no line for the keg).