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October 4, 2022

Realistic New Year’s resolutions for a successful semester

Emma George

As Longhorns return to campus with a renewed energy, many feel ready for a fresh start. The beginning of a new year brings the opportunity to reflect and rebuild, providing the perfect time for those who desire change. However, often a recycled version of the previous year’s goals, resolutions prove difficult to keep. The Daily Texan compiled a list of eight realistic habits students can implement this year for a successful semester. 

Pick Up a Hobby

Discovering engaging ways to spend free time offers a way to de-stress, cultivate new interests or reconnect with an old passion. Consider pursuing activities such as painting, reading or running as a way to improve well-being this semester.

Join a Club

Now armed with a great new hobby to show off, connect with fellow Longhorns who share similar interests. The threat of adding yet another activity to the schedule may feel overwhelming, but finding a low-commitment club serves as a great way to get involved on campus and make new friends.

Explore Different Study Spots in Austin

Amidst the stress of a busy semester, take the opportunity to explore Austin by finding different locations to study. For those who want somewhere with a vibrant aesthetic while still maintaining a quiet environment, consider the Austin Public Library. For those who enjoy studying in a group, try one of the many coffee shops around Austin such as Summer Moon or Medici. 

Spend More Time Outdoors

This semester, carve out some time to go outdoors. Spending time outside lowers stress levels, lessens anger and improves happiness. From kayaking on Lady Bird Lake to enjoying the view from Mount Bonnell, exploring Austin’s numerous nature getaways acts as the perfect weekend activity — once the temperature rises above 20 degrees, of course.

Explore Fun Ways to Stay Active

Although arguably the most popular New Year’s resolution, sticking to a strict, new workout plan may seem difficult to accomplish. Finding fun ways to include physical activity into a daily routine presents a much more efficient and stress-free way to get fit. On days when making it to the gym seems impossible, consider going on a walk around campus. For those who are looking for a way to stay active with friends, consider signing up for a workout class or even putting together an intramural sports team. 

Random Acts of Kindness 

Students can take the time to spread positivity throughout the UT community because helping others increases one’s happiness. If volunteering or getting involved in a service organization becomes too much of a commitment this semester, simple acts of kindness such as complimenting someone or holding the door open prove a great way to improve everyone’s day.

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About the Contributor
Emma George, Comics Editor
Emma is currently a Spring 2023 Comics Editor. She is a junior civil engineering major whoe loves to draw, read, and visiting art museums. She has previously been a Comics sStaffer and Comics Senior Illustrator.