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Academic New Year’s Resolutions

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Many people make resolutions to improve some aspect of their lives for the new year. Some people aim to hit the gym more, while others might look to rekindle friendships with people they haven’t spoken to in a while. The resolutions people make run the gamut, but many times have something to do with weight — we’re all for being healthy, but, and can we just be honest? Those resolutions get abandoned faster than it takes to use QuickPay for fast food. So, why not switch it up this year and choose a resolution with some sticking power — say, something in the academic realm?

Get organized — Tests and assignment due dates come up quickly. We all know what it’s like to have that sudden, nasty realization that a large project we were supposed to be working on all month is due tomorrow. Let’s nip that crap in the bud right now! Keep a calendar of these dates so you don’t fall behind and have plenty of time to study. We like to choose an awesome calendar to do it, too, and you can find a plethora of them on Amazon! Hang that beaut up by where you do your homework and you’ll feel totally on top of things.

Research more colleges — No matter what point you’re at in high school, it never hurts to learn about more colleges. Make sure you know what’s out there before you start applying. What are you imagining your college life will be? Are you looking to head to the big city and a school with upwards of 15,000 students or are you imagining something a little bit smaller with less than 5,000? What are your thoughts on a liberal arts college? There are a lot of questions, so you might as well start getting answers from yourself!

Raise your GPA — While this might be a bit more of a challenge than the others on our list, we’re positive that you can handle it. We have some concrete tips for how you can do it, too. First, analyze what you’ve been doing so far. How many hours are you dedicating to studying? Would increasing the amount of time spent on homework or hitting the books help or should your next step be a tutor? One of the absolutely best things you can do to help your grades is speak directly to your teacher about issues that you’ve been having. Putting visible effort into improving is priceless.

Connect with your counselor — As a high school underclassman, your counselor can guide you towards picking the right courses and extracurriculars to get noticed by colleges. As an upperclassman, your counselor can help through the college application process. Having a positive relationship with your counselor will make the entire high school experience a smoother one.

Get involved with more extracurriculars — Colleges love to see extracurriculars. They show colleges that you’re a well-rounded individual. More importantly, though, they can help guide you to your future career — seriously. Determining what you love to do and how you can make that a full-time, paying job is one of the biggest bonuses of checking out a bunch of different extracurriculars. Explore your options!

Whether you decide to take on any of these resolutions is completely up to you. Pick one and set yourself a timeline for accomplishing the goal — it helps keep you accountable! We at College Greenlight wish you a fantastic New Year with many successful adventures!


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