Winter break has come and gone, syllabus week quickly passed, and the spring semester is in full swing. Maybe this semester you decided to take a lesser course load, or maybe you're starting a new internship. Maybe you're starting fresh with a new major, or completing the last of your credits and decorating your cap for graduation. The spring semester means warmer weather (eventually!), longer days, and all of the ups and downs of taking new classes.
While I enjoyed most of my classes this past fall semester, I was definitely ready for a fresh start in the spring. I'm taking some new professors that I've never had before (but of course made time in my schedule for the OG's, @ Dr. Hedtke), ending one sports season with the beginning of another, and I even made myself take an 8:15.
I'm being honest when I say that I did not expect the new semester to hit me this hard so quickly. Many of us know what it's like to take multiple classes a day, work two or more jobs on and/or off-campus, be an athlete, and maintain a social life on top of everything; that's what makes us Cabrini students. Something that has helped me the most these past few semesters is the support that I have received from my family, friends, teammates, coaches, and professors.
For the new semester, I have decided on making some resolutions for myself that may seem to contradict what most people believe should be resolutions for college students. My past few semesters have been physically, mentally, and emotionally tough, as I'm sure it has been for many of the students here at Cabrini. While I am proud of my overall accomplishments, I have come to realize that it is just as important for me to be proud and feel good about myself throughout the semester, and not just once the hard work is finished.
One of my resolutions this year is to spend more time with others. Now, normally, a typical college student's resolution would be something like: "make more time for myself." However, this past semester, I found that I often withdraw myself from others when I am tired or stressed, leaving me with more time alone to simmer in my own troubles and anxiety. I am making it my goal this semester to put more of my energy into having fun and spending time with my friends. I want to be more outgoing; say 'yes' to plans at least 9 out of 10 times I'm asked to grab dinner or watch a movie, and overall be a happier and more positive version of myself.
Another one of my resolutions is to hold myself back from taking on too many commitments at one time. Most people will tell students to get involved and sign up for as many clubs and activities that you can. While it is definitely beneficial to try new things and put yourself out there, it is also important to remember to not spread yourself too thin. Last semester, I struggled with saying 'no' to signing up for a new activity or applying for another job and was left with a lot of stress because I was unable to do everything to the best of my ability due to my over-crowded schedule. I am drawing a line for myself this semester, and I will make sure that I save time for myself to relax so that I may still look forward to and be excited about my jobs and activities on campus.
While these may be unorthodox resolutions, I truly believe they will help me stay focused this semester, not only on my academics but on myself and my own mental health. As college students, we struggle with countless obstacles and stresses in our lives. I encourage everyone to take some time this semester to relax, take a deep breath, and set some of your own resolutions.