2017 is over. It’s been an amazing year for you at university, with many new experiences to look back fondly on. As with every year, there are things you wish you did (and perhaps things you wish you didn’t) – so here are the Top 4 Ways to Start the New Year Right as a Student.
Take Care of your Student Debt
If you’ve been at university for a couple of years now, then you’ve probably started to realize that you are in thousands of pounds worth of debt and it’s not going to disappear anytime soon.
So it’s a good idea to start paying off this debt as soon as you can, and this really doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Getting a part-time job working just 5-10 hours per week can add up to £300 to your bank balance every month, and if you use this money to start paying off your student debt then you will be thanking yourself once you have graduated.
Create a Bucket List
New Year’s resolutions are great in theory, but they tend to be things like “get fit” or “spend less money” and by the time February comes around these resolutions have not just been forgotten, but completely thrown out the window.
Therefore, it’s time to get really specific and create a bucket list of amazing things that you want to achieve or experience by the end of the year. These could be things like “save up £500 and book a holiday to Paris” – but whatever is on your list make sure you are really specific so that you can actively work towards doing them.
Join a New Club or Society
If you want to make some new friends, try something new or just get some exercise then university is the perfect place to be. Joining a new club or society can be a daunting prospect for some students, but rest assured that there will always be someone to welcome you in, and you don’t have to be a fresher.
There is quite literally an opportunity for everyone so start researching what you might be interested and just go for it!
Prioritise Your Health
Unfortunately, you are not as immortal as you might think, and as you get older it will become more and more important to look after your health. Now is the time to ditch those unhealthy eating habits and start participating in a more active lifestyle, joining the gym is usually the first step!
But it’s not all about exercise; sleep is just as important. Students usually develop very poor sleeping habits at university, which result in them staying up very late at night and sleeping into the afternoon; clearly, this is not a very healthy way to go about it.
If you enjoyed this blog then check out our Student Starter Pack: 8 Essential Gifts for loads more advice and guidance whilst you’re at university.
If you’ve got your own ideas about how to start the New Year right as a student then share them with us in the comments, and don’t forget to share this blog with a friend who could use some guidance on how to make this year even better than the last!