New Year's resolutions for students living in accommodation
Are New Year resolutions worth it? 'No' I said to myself on New Year’s day; they are only worth it if you can stick to them – and I never do. But 3 days later I changed my mind... The decision to make some resolutions came from looking at my current workload for the year ahead. Also, with living in London, I knew that it would be interesting to see if I could stick to the resolutions I set myself.
Firstly, I decided that I need to learn to budget, I am awful with money, as soon as it hits my account I want to go out shopping, and living in London I’m spoilt for choice! This is what I did with my student loan – January sales fall at the wrong time of year for me – so I guess I have already broken that resolution! Secondly, I want to make sure my work is done at least 24 hours before it is due to be handed in, so that I can forget about it and start on the next piece. Thirdly, I want to be neater and tidier. My student housing in London is smaller than my room at home (as you would expect with the price of property in London), so I need to learn to keep it clean and tidy, so I can actually get to and find things in my room! Finally, I need to get started on sticking to a routine. I know that sounds silly, but a routine will help me to keep up with everything that is going on. So for this resolution, I am going to set myself deadlines to do things, for example going to bed, getting up etc.
The resolution that will be the hardest to keep is sticking to a routine. This is due to the fact that living in student accommodation can be quite busy, with students coming and going from lectures and socialising with friends at different times of day. But I won’t just give up; I am the kind of person who will keep on trying.
When speaking to my friends, a couple of them have set themselves resolutions. One friend is similar to me, she never really makes resolutions but this year she wants to eat healthier. She feels she might struggle with this, especially with the cost of fruit and vegetables these days and living on a student budget. My other friend has decided she wants to give up smoking for health reasons. She now has the independence that she did not have at home and does not have to hide the fact she smokes anymore but is worried that the stress of university life will make it hard to keep this resolution.
So are New Year resolutions worth it? Only time will tell. I'll let you know next year.
Posted on 21st January 2014 by Jessica H.