Happy Spring Semester! Though it’s not looking much like spring at all, it’s good to be back at Endicott. I’m continuing to write for the Endicott Observer newspaper and here’s the text of my latest article:
(drawing by: @maddiegalaxy)
By now we are over a month into the New Year and I’m hoping 2015 is treating you all well. More snow days than school days, a Super Bowl win by the Patriots, and our favorite Olympian Bruce Jenner is getting a sex change…. it’s already been quite a year! With every New Year, though, comes the dreaded resolutions.
If you’ve kept your resolutions for more than a week, props to you! According to Forbes Magazine and Statisticbrain.com, only 8% of people who make resolutions are successful in achieving them by the end of the year. I’m here to help you be part of that 8%!
The number one resolution that is on the majority of Americans’ lists is to lose weight, which means eating healthier and exercising regularly are the main goals. Now that we seem to be going to classes more frequently, rather than sitting in a dorm snowed in with a tub of goldfish with shoveling out our cars as our only form of exercise, it might be time to revisit this resolution. Don’t forget, Birdball is coming up, so maybe start out small like ordering Pride’s once a weekend rather than for every meal. Another option is to hide vegetables in every food you possibly can. It’s like you are sneakily making yourself a more nutritious meal; you won’t even taste it but you’ll automatically be eating healthier without even having to try. My motto is add spinach and VOILA: healthy meal.
As far as working out goes, get up and walk around your room between binge-watching episodes of Friends on Netflix. Or, better yet, hit the gym with a friend, join an intramural team, or check out the student-taught aerobics classes at the Post. I’m a big fan of signing up for a fitness event like a race so then I actually have to get out of bed at some point and train.
The second most popular resolution is to get organized. This can be easier said than done, especially when our first three weeks of school have been a little hectic and very snowy. Now that we are back in classes and getting into a routine, there is no better time to organize your room (and your life). Do you feel like your backpack could be a bit neater? Buy some folders, you slob. Is your room feeling a bit messy already? Try washing your sheets once or twice this semester; your roommate will thank you. The best way to get organized, though, is to have a calendar or planner where you can jot down all of your important dates, assignments, and what time Meditation Club meets so you can de-stress.
On many people’s resolutions list are traveling and trying new things, which can go hand in hand. I am the biggest supporter of studying abroad, where you can spend four months gallivanting across a continent while getting class credit. If an entire semester is more than you can handle, check out the short-term study abroad options Endicott offers or grab a group of friends and make your own adventure! Spring break is right around the corner. Traveling may not be your thing, but maybe you’d like to learn something new this year. In that case, watch some YouTube videos to teach yourself how to knit, sign up for lessons so you can finally play that guitar that’s been making an appearance in your room only as a decoration, or pick up a paint-by-number kit at the craft store to convince your friends you’ve transformed into an artist. Whatever floats your boat.
Last, but not least, is the resolution that is often unspoken: find love. My number one piece of advice in this department is to first learn to love yourself. It may sound corny but if you don’t even like hanging out with you, then who else will want to? Take yourself on a date. You can use this as a chance to treat yourself to a nice manicure or see the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie your roommates refuse to accompany you to (Guys, you know you want to). Once you realize that it’s time to hop off the whole “new year, new me” train and that you’re actually pretty cool to begin with, you can put the focus on spreading your awesomeness to others. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet the love of your life next weekend at Gully’s. If not, that’s what Tinder is for, right?
Hopefully I’ve assisted you in either getting back on track with some of your goals for the year, made you think about revising them, or provided you with a good laugh—all are solid options. I hope the rest of 2015 is filled with way more sunny days, and way fewer awful Grammy performances.