5 Goals to Set Before Starting a New Year at University
Starting a new year at university is always exciting as you settle into new accommodation, meet new people and prepare for a year of intense learning.
But all this can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. To keep your focus on the big picture, even when things get stressful, it’s helpful to set goals. You know best what you want to achieve but if you need a little prompting, here are some goals we recommend setting for the year ahead.
This year I will... Go to my classes. All of them. I mean it.
Look… we love the ambition but perhaps there’ll be some mornings that you’ll wake up with a stuffy nose, unable to leave the bed. That’s totally okay! You might even decide to skip a couple of classes because it’s a little easier to stay in bed than it is to get up and get going. Maybe no one checks attendance in your classes. Maybe all your lectures are recorded. Or maybe you just don’t feel like it some days.
But skipping classes just cos leads to bad study habits and worse grades. In class you learn directly from experts, challenge yourself while wrestling with big ideas, find your voice while engaging in class discussions and make new friends while rushing out for coffee during class breaks.
You worked hard in high school so you could attend these classes. You should make the most of them.
This year I will... Look after myself.
As your social circle expands and you discover new interests, your time at university is going to become a whirlwind of exciting firsts and different experiences.
If you’re looking after yourself every day, you’ll be able to weather any late nights and groggy mornings that might become part of your routine, so long as you don’t have too many of them!
Get enough regular sleep so your body can repair itself. Skip that third cup of coffee. Throw that chocolate bar away. Spend some time in the sunshine. Get some movement happening. Feeling anxious? Get on a treadmill and feel those niggling worries wash away. And with Scape’s 24/7 private gyms, you won’t have to venture too far from home to work up a sweat.
This year I will... Learn how to feed myself properly.
Good food doesn’t have to be fancy. As long as you’re eating a rainbow of real foods, your body will thank you. Just google “4 ingredients recipes” and you’ll see how easy it can be to feed yourself properly. Even something as simple as avocado on toast is much better than eating a pre-packaged meal that’s stuffed full of nasty additives.
Some days you’ll eat ice cream out of the tub or McDonald’s for dinner. That’s totally fine – as long as your everyday eating habits balance those days out. Living in a studio apartment at Scape you’ll have your very own kitchenette to get crafty and cook up a storm.
This year I will... Volunteer my time.
Find something that interests or excites or challenges you and run with it. Volunteering isn’t just a great way to support a cause you believe in, it’s an excellent way to develop new skills, challenge your preconceived notions and see the world from different perspectives.
Volunteering is also a great way to spruce up your CV with hands-on experience that will make you stand out to potential employers. At Scape, we encourage students to engage with initiatives we run throughout the building that help to make a positive impact on the environment and the local community. Our EnviroScape program promotes responsible and eco-friendly behaviours within our Scape community through recycling initiatives, growing our own herbs for cooking, and discussing how small changes in our behaviours can have a big change on the environment. Make sure you ask how you can get involved in EnviroScape!
This year I will... Learn how to procrastinate productively.
Procrastination is basically unavoidable but you can find ways to procrastinate productively so that putting off a task doesn’t leave you feeling bad.
So when an assignment deadline is looming and you’re looking for something, anything to distract you, don’t fall for the TV, Facebook and sleep trap.
Read a chapter of a good book. Take a quick walk around the block. Do a guided meditation. Clean your bathroom. Check out what events we’ve got organised at Scape – maybe you’ll learn a new life skill while avoiding your homework. Or try doing 50 sit-ups every time you find yourself staring aimlessly at your phone. You’ll either develop some serious abs or go back to studying to avoid exercising – either way, winner!