New Semester, New Resolutions

Welcome back, EMU! I hope you enjoyed your winter break. However, now that a new semester has begun, it is time to regain our focus. As we embrace the New Year, now is the perfect time to reflect on your past semester and figure out what you can do better for yourself in the upcoming semester!

Here are three tips and ideas for making new semester resolutions:

  1. Set goals that have a plan, not just an outcome. If you tend to find yourself not following through with the goals you set for yourself, you may want to look at why. Maybe your goal includes the desired result with no realistic plan, or perhaps you are thinking about the outcome but not as much as how to achieve it. Using the S.M.A.R.T Goals model is easy to set more obtainable goals for yourself. A “S.M.A.R.T Goal” is a goal that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Using this model, the goals you set for this coming semester will be more intentional and organized! You can learn more about how to use the S.M.A.R.T Goals model here:
  1. Get more involved on campus! Although we tend to focus on academics the most in college, it is also essential to fill your time with other activities to enjoy in your free time. The campus is full of opportunities to get involved! I know at first it can be challenging to put yourself out there or figure out how to approach an organization you may be interested in joining. Luckily, you can check out Eagle Sync! Eagle Sync lists all of EMU’s clubs/organizations, gives a brief explanation of what they do, shows their upcoming events, and includes their contact info! You can access Eagle Sync directly in the EMU Engage app, another way to keep updated with what is happening on campus. You can also check out EMU Campus Life to keep updated on virtual and in-person events throughout the semester!

3. Focus on consistency as well as change. When making New Year’s resolutions, we often create lists of things we want to change or improve based on what went well in the past year. However, it is just as important to look at what did go well in the past year! Focusing on what you did this past semester that went well for you can help you decide what behaviors you would like to continue to bring into the upcoming semester and which you should leave behind. Make sure to give yourself praise for what went well and be kind to yourself when figuring out how you can improve what didn’t go well.

About the Writer

Samantha Clipper is a sophomore majoring in psychology and double-minoring in family sociology and communications. She is currently involved in EMU’s Go Social Team. After graduating, she plans on starting her master’s program to become a child and family therapist.