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Nadira Berman

My Freshman Year Resolutions

Who says resolutions can only be created on New Year’s Eve?

I’m making mine in August.


With the new school year starting up in just a few months, I’ve decided to set some goals for myself. While I probably won’t realistically stick to all of them all the time, I can at least try.


Exercise most days

A lot of people tell me I won’t have time for this but I am determined to make it happen. The freshman 15 will NOT get to me.


Join at least one club

I want to get involved. I think joining a club is a great way to integrate oneself into the community and make new friends.


Get enough sleep

This one is sort of laughable because everyone says that sleep is nonexistent for college students. But I need sleep to function properly! I can’t get through my day without it.


Maintain a budget

There will be a lot of things that I’m going to want to spend money on. But if I’m ever going to be able to successfully live on my own, I need to learn a little bit of self-control. That means no more Forever 21 shopping sprees.


Eat well

Exercising isn’t the only thing you have to do to stay healthy. Eating well is equally important. When I eat too much junk and sugar, I don’t feel good. And when I don’t feel good, I can’t focus on school or work or anything else.


Take a class in something totally new

I’m finally in college, which means I have so much more freedom in picking which classes I can take. There are so many interesting courses available, so I want to branch out and try something totally new.


Stay hydrated

Drinking water has so many health benefits, from keeping your skin clear to keeping you full so you don’t unnecessarily snack. I plan on carrying a bottle around with me everywhere.


Meet with advisors frequently

Advisors are an important and helpful resource that colleges give their students. I plan on taking advantage of this resource by frequently asking mine for advice.


Balance schoolwork with fun

Partying shouldn’t take over your life, but schoolwork shouldn’t either. I hope I can figure out how to balance having fun with doing well in school. It won’t be easy but I’m ready for the challenge.


Stay on top of my homework

In college, deadlines are often more long-term, which greatly contrasts from what high school students are used to, as most homework was usually due the next day. Long-term assignments often suck because we become prone to procrastination and then intense cramming the night before the due date. My goal is to not let this procrastination get the best of me and do all my homework as soon as I possibly can.


Break out of my shell

I’m aiming to stop caring what others think and just be the person that I want to be. Isn’t that what college is for?


Stay in touch with my family

Although we’ll be thousands of miles apart, we can still stay updated on each other’s lives. In fact, phone calls from family will be a nice, needed break from fast-paced college life.


Meet with teachers

Meeting with professors improves your understanding of the material, and therefore your grades. But it’s also important to form relationships with professors if you want to participate in their research or take advantage of internship and job opportunities.


Spend some time to myself

In college, you don’t really get to go home and have alone time like in high school. You’re constantly surrounded by people. So I plan to schedule time into my week to be by myself, just so I can stay sane.


About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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