A best high school students’ top 10 New Year’s resolutions begin with a mindset to learn from past mistakes along with an unwavering willingness and commitment to get better. Let’s face it, most New Year’s resolutions begin with starting/stopping or less/more of something.
Students’ Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
1. To expand your reading: Try reading books that business professionals are reading or listening to audio books are great. Some of these are tough reads so you may want to start out with some fables “Pound the Stone” or “Who Moved My Cheese”
2. To secure your one joke for the year: Social connections with new people can be awkward and having a way to “break the ice” with an appropriate joke can ease the tension. One of my favorites is “What did the calculus book say to the algebra book? Don’t bother me…I have my own problems.” If no one laughs, which is often the case with that joke and me, then laugh at yourself as people may find that even funnier
3. To generate a morning routine: Trying to develop a “daily routine” it may be a BIG undertaking. Instead generate a morning routine eg. 1) wake up same time, 2) hygiene, 3) drink water, 4) stretch and/or workout, 5) shower, 6) eat, 7) write down your “one thing” to accomplish for the day
4. To apply for acceptance to a dream college: Hopes and dreams will never come true until you start researching the requirements for acceptance and start doing it now. It is highly recommended to apply to a couple of back up schools too
5. To study and retake my ACT for a higher score: Some of the best scores on the ACT are received after the second or third shot. Don’t get discouraged with a low score, make it a priority to study and retake the exam again
6. To apply for 10 scholarships: Become persistent with your search for scholarships and make it a New Year’s resolution that you will research and apply for 10 scholarships this year. For Southern Nevada locals, visit here for a list of scholarships: https://thepef.org/scholarships/
7. To create a competitive resume and portfolio: Being your best as a high school student starts with showing a track record of motivation and responsibility towards achievement. Make this clear on your resume and portfolio as it will go a long way
8. To take a couple extra summer classes: Students taking summer school find themselves staying on track and getting ahead than if they were to simply return to school after a 2 months of a break
9. To get job or ask for a raise: High school students that play sports or have a job find themselves living by the adage “busy people get more done.” If you don’t have a job, then start applying now, but ensure that it does NOT interfere with your education. More so, if you already have a job, then politely ask what it would take to get a raise in your position (be prepared to work for it)
10. To meet new people: Start interacting with new people as acquaintances and when comfortable, start referring to them as your friend. Don’t be duped into calling people your friends if you are just two people who know each other, rather learn to see if these individuals are truly friend material by asking yourself “does this person make me a better person?”
Don’t wait on it! Use the best high school students’ top 10 New Year’s resolution list to help you get started working on it today.