2019 is finally over and we’ve welcomed in a brand-new decade. Bring on the 2020s! With a new year just underway, it’s the perfect chance to pay for a gym membership that you’ll probably never use or give up an unhealthy food that you will be most likely be indulging in by the 6th January!
But maybe this year could be different. The new year is filled with a sense of renewal and is a perfect chance to set some new goals; with an opportunity to reflect on how you’re living your life currently and try and make some positive changes. Here are some of the ways you could do just that in 2020.
Develop Better Studying Habits
More time in the library might be exactly what you need in 2020! Many students start an academic year with great intentions and are extremely motivated to study. But then the pub crawls start, that new game gets released and your favourite show gets put on Netflix…
A new year is the opportunity to leave all that behind and get a fresh start on your studying habits. Spend at least half an hour to an hour a day revising subjects or working on that all-important paper, and you’ll see the results in no time!
Join Clubs and Societies
Universities are full of amazing clubs and societies, everything from hockey, theatre, baking, gaming and everything in between! If you didn’t join any in the first term, either because you were too shy or you were too hungover during your first week to attend any taster sessions, then this new year is a great time to join that society you really wanted to but never got around to doing.
Some universities, such as Lancaster University, even run a Refreshers Fair in the new year, so you’ll be able to meet all the societies like it’s first term all over again. Societies are great places to meet people who share a common interest with you, making it the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends.
The first term of University can be a bit of a whirlwind. Aside from getting used to the new ways of learning, you also have to adjust to cooking your own meals, washing your own clothes and generally just learning how to take care of yourself without your parents around.
It can be a lot to deal with if it’s your first time away from home. If you feel like you may have become a little disorganised as a result of trying to adjust to your new university way of life; get yourself a calendar and make a point of trying to get everything organised. Schedule in your time for social activities, extra-curricular activities, study time, me-time and anything else you can think of.
If you’ve been putting off getting it together at the end of 2019, 2020 is the perfect time to start.
Do Something Different
Make it one of your resolutions to expand your horizons! 2020 is the perfect opportunity to experience new things and develop your skillset. You can even promise yourself to do something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the opportunity or the motivation before. For example, try to read one book every month for a year, give up unhealthy snacks, quit smoking or learn belly dancing.
The options are limitless, so challenge yourself to accomplish something you’re going to be proud of.
Be Savvier with Money
Another common resolution is to spend less money. After all, how many more times can you be startled by your bank account before enough is enough? If you’re not used to living alone, getting the hang of budgeting and creating better spending habits can take a while to get used to.
Still, it’s worth doing, so try cutting out little things and see if it helps. Walk instead of taking the bus, cut down on eating out and opt instead to cook a homemade meal, and don’t buy new clothes if you don’t absolutely need them or shop in charity shops if you do.
Also, try alternatives to nights out at the pub. If you want to spend some time with your friends, why not invite them over and watch TV together or play board games?
Make a Plan
Graduation might be a while off yet, but that’s no reason to avoid thinking about the future. In 2020, why not try and plan ahead? Think about where you’d like to be after graduation and see if there’s anything you can do now to help get you a little closer to that goal. Whether it’s setting up an internship for the summer, some work experience opportunities or even just working on some killer cover letters, there are plenty of ways to get ahead on your future career, and the new year is the perfect time to get it all sorted.
Finish what you start. Year after year, we tend to make promises to ourselves that we end up not keeping, so set achievable goals and make a change in your life. Your future you will thank you for starting now!
Being a University student is one of the best times of your life, so take advantage of it by doing everything you ever wanted to do! With a new year comes a new you, so don’t wait around for 2021. Here at CityBlock, we make it our New Year’s resolution to help you get the best accommodation for your student needs.