The new year has finally arrived, and you know what that means: It's time to start working on those new year's resolutions. Every year, women all over the world commit themselves to countless resolutions. No more junk food. Exercise three days a week. Be more organized. Be less scatterbrained. Women write long lists of broad generalizations that they never have any intention of keeping.
So this year, I suggest you skip the clichés and instead focus on these three realistic resolutions, crafted specifically for college girls.
1. I Will Not Leave My Homework Until the Last Minute
We all do it. We put things off. We procrastinate. We spend three hours watching a Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon, but we just can't seem to find the time to start that five page paper in advance. And then, inevitably, we're stuck writing the entire thing the night before it's due. Procrastination is a cycle that can only result in stress, panic attacks, all-night cram sessions, sleep deprivation, and some really bad outfits.
So this semester, make a vow to try and avoid the vicious cycle of procrastination. Keep track of all of your deadlines (conveniently located on your syllabi) and make an effort to start things in advance. If you have two papers due the same day, start one the week before. If you have to read an entire novel by Friday, start it before Thursday night. Getting things done early will help you to avoid all-nighters, which will improve your grades, your mood, and your clothes.
2. I Will Clean Up My Online Identity
If used properly, social networking sites can be a great asset to college students, but they can also be your worst enemy. The woman interviewing you for an internship does not need to see those tweets you were sneaking during your three hour lecture. Your professor does not need to know every detail of your night out, as chronicled by Facebook album after Facebook album.
So this year, do something about it! Adjust your privacy settings. Protect your tweets. Make your Facebook friends only. Don't check those boxes that allow your profiles to show up in searches. And if you're feeling really brave, you can even google yourself and see what shows up. Cleaning up your online identity will make it that much easier for future employers to see you as a conscientious, well-respected individual.
3. I Will Not Stress the Little Things
Okay, so this may seem like a bit of a contradiction after the last two serious resolutions, but you're just going to have to trust me - this is probably the most important resolution on the list. No matter how many resolutions you make or how precisely you schedule out your time, nothing is ever going to go exactly as you plan it. You'll finish papers five minutes before class. You'll lose your favorite shirt. You'll change your major ten times.
The key? Don't let this stuff bother you. As college students, we spend a lot of time focusing on the details, the little stuff that seems big. But take it from a second semester senior: None of this stuff will seem nearly as important when you're looking back. So remember to enjoy yourself, and embrace the chaos that accompanies college life. Perfection is highly overrated.
What do you think?
What resolutions do you think we college girls need to make? What are your resolutions for 2011? Do you think you'll stick with them? Leave a comment and let us know! Happy New Year, and good luck!