Happy school year, John Carroll

September 20th, 2015


Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Happy New Year! Or should I say, “Happy School Year!” Alarm clocks are ringing. Professors are lecturing. Students are drinking, I mean, studying. It is indeed that time of year again.


You know how on New Year’s Day, people always ask you what your resolutions are? Then they tell you about their ambitious goal that will be forgotten on the second day of the new year. “I am going to go to the gym every day,” they say. “I am going to get up earlier,” or, “I am going to work harder in school.” Yeah, right.


I mean, I don’t blame them. A college student’s actual New Year begins on Labor Day, not on the great Jan 1. The school year is technically half over already, so what’s the point? I don’t think we should make a resolution to improve our study habits or our daily routines four months from now when it doesn’t matter, but now when it does.


I encourage everyone – and I mean seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen and even professors – to make a school year’s resolution I also challenge you to follow through with it. To help everyone find their own resolution, I have a few suggestions for you.


First, meet new people. There are always people on campus who you haven’t met. Say hello to people rather than awkwardly glancing around as you walk to class. Join an organization. Help the person who dropped his or her books. You never know whom you are going to meet. That person could be another best friend.


Second, be proactive with your schoolwork. Don’t be the person who has a term paper due the next day and waited an entire semester to start it. It will not end well for you. Also, go to class. I know it is difficult when your eyes are burning from the lack of sleep and your head is pounding, but most times the professors are teaching something that is not in the book and on a test.


Third, involve yourself on campus. I know, seniors and juniors, you are probably thinking it is too late for you. It is not. You should not spend all your time just studying or partying. Be a part of something that could help your future career or get involved in service. The campus has such as diverse group of activities and programs at your fingertips. Take advantage of it.


Fourth, remember to balance your time. Yes, work hard. Yes, be involved. Be involved, but also have fun, just not so much that you accomplish nothing. Have enough time that you can watch Netflix by yourself or go to that party with your friends. You are never getting this time back, so love every second of it. I was a freshman only a short time ago feeling so overwhelmed by four years of homework and new experiences. Now, as an upperclassman, I feel overwhelmed by a future beyond JCU.


I know that my resolution for this year will include all of the above. I want to expand my horizons and enjoy everything JCU has to offer before I graduate in two years. What will yours be?