It isn’t quite Christmas yet but a lot of us are already thinking about 2023 and what the year will bring; whether that’s in your personal life or in an academic sense, now is the time to think about setting goals for the new year! Here are some ideas to get you started, which you can of course tweak to fit your personal circumstances…
Make new friends
Freshers week and all that come with it might be over, but it’s never too late to make new friends during your time at university. Whether you get chatting to someone on your course you’ve never spoken to before, make an effort with people who live in the same building as you, or hang out with someone new from whatever sport or society you’re part of… you can never have too many friends! Meeting people with different life experiences is a huge part of uni, and it’s never going to be this easy again to make new friends.
Go to every lecture/seminar
A definite 2023 goal for students should be to attend every lecture, seminar or study session on your timetable. We know how easy it can be to slip into the habit of missing certain ones, especially if they come after a night out or they’re super early in the morning. But you’re paying for your education and ultimately, you’re there to better yourself and further your career. So by missing these lectures, you’re only hurting yourself. Make the effort, and you’ll feel so much better about yourself and your course!
Again, getting a takeaway on a regular basis is a habit that it’s so easy to fall into. But cooking can be fun, and it’s much cheaper and more nutritious than relying on cheesy chips or a chicken kebab every other night. We often post recipes on this blog, so get a food shop in and get into your student accommodation kitchen. Cook up a storm and enjoy it! You can share cooking and washing up duties with your friends and flatmates, and turn it into something less like a chore for yourselves.
Stay on top of your work
When you get back to uni in the new year, make a point of setting up a study timetable. Work out when all your deadlines and exams are, and figure out what you need to do and when. This will help you feel less stressed at university, and ultimately lead to you doing much better in your studies. Whether it’s setting aside time to revise or visiting the library more, there are always things you can do to help you stay on track!
Ultimately, don’t beat yourself up when it comes to the goals you’ve set. University shouldn’t be a time of struggle and stress, but it is important that you work to the best of your ability and make the most of your time here. Here’s to 2023!