My New Year’s Resolutions every year sound pretty much the same: get good grades, eat healthier, go to the gym more, sleep earlier, stop procrastinating…you know, those typical goals that everyone has. But I feel different about my resolutions for 2017. Ever since coming to Hopkins, I’ve found that my goals have started to become less generic and more specific and focused.
So without further ado, here are my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions!
- Explore Baltimore more. I’m in a great, charming city for school and I really need to start taking better advantage of that and go on more adventures in the city!
- Eat breakfast. Eat breakfast over putting on eyeliner. For first semester, breakfast was my last priority and I think that contributed a lot to me feeling tired throughout the day.
- Write a poem a day. As a Writing Sems major, sometimes I find myself forgetting to write on my own for my own enjoyment and just completing all my writing assignments for school. But I want to get back into the habit of working on my personal poetry every day.
- Call my grandparents every week. My grandparents are super important to me and I want to stay up to date in their lives more and I want them to know what I’m up to too.
- Take more pictures. I’m only ever going to have one freshmen year of college and I want to have lots of pictures to look back on later.
- Brainstorm and plan Hopkins Interactive posts at least a week in advance of each post deadline so that every post can be tip top quality.
- Stop comparing myself to others. This is something that I never used to do in high school, but ever since coming to college, I just feel like I’m surrounded by so many people that are so incredibly smart with tons of achievements that I lost some faith in my own abilities. I hope that from now on I can just focus on myself and my own goals and not feel let down because someone else is doing better in a class than me.
- Clean my side of the room more (sorry Erika for being the messier roommate this past semester) and work on de-cluttering my living space.
- Get involved with research at Hopkins. I’ve been a Humanities student my whole life and I still consider myself to be one at Hopkins (with an added Computer Science aspect now) and one of the coolest things about Hopkins is that there are so many opportunities for research in any field, including for the Humanities. I am taking a class called Chinese Cultural Revolution next semester and this is an era in history that I have been fascinated by for an extremely long time, so maybe I could work on some research for this class.
New Year’s Resolutions get bad rep for rarely being achieved and I find that to be because at the beginning of the year people have all these extremely high expectations of how much they are going to change and people tend to think that they can wake up and become new people. I realized that I don’t want to be a “new me.” I just want to accomplish my specific list of goals this year and improve myself while still being who I am. Hopefully it will all work out! Happy New Year, everyone!