Happy New Year! With a new year comes the ability to start fresh with improved habits that will help you achieve your college dream more easily. If you’re heading to college in the next few years, here are our top 4 “resolutions” to help you on your way.
- Eat breakfast. That may sound silly, but studies have shown that skipping breakfast dramatically decreases energy and focus for students. Resolve to eat a nutritious bite every morning, even if it’s simply a granola bar or protein shake to keep your brain going.
- Help someone with their homework. There’s a saying – if you want to really learn something, try teaching it to someone else. Helping a friend or classmate with homework help you absorb the knowledge more thoroughly. Most high schools have a peer-mentoring or study group to get you started, which also lets you add a great extra-curricular activity to your college application!
- Catch some zzzz. Most high school students are chronically sleep deprived, which interferes with the brain ability to absorb information. If you’re finding yourself nodding off in class, it might not be that the subject is boring; you may be short on sleep! Getting to bed just a half hour earlier each night can help you catch up.
- Get organized. Particularly important for Juniors and Seniors is the ability to plan out the college application process and work deadlines into an already-packed schedule. Start today by jotting down a calendar of all the important dates that your college admission process will entail and post it someplace where you’ll see it frequently, such as the family fridge or above your desk.