Warning: possible fun, learning, new experiences, new friends, and new hobbies ahead!It’s the beginning of a new calendar year and the start of the spring semester. You’ve been on Christmas break for a few weeks now, and you’re ready to start the new year off strong. You’re going to ace all of your classes, you’re going to stop procrastinating, and you’re going to finally start waking up with enough time to eat breakfast before that 8AM every morning. New years bring new goals, new hopes and dreams, and a chance for a fresh start.
On the other hand, maybe you aren’t feeling the new-ness in the air. Maybe you were barely keeping your head above water all throughout last semester and are feeling too discouraged to try harder. Maybe some disappointing things happened with family or friends while you were at home and you already want to skip ahead to next year.
While many people have a list of resolutions they want to change about their habits, personalities, and general life, there are some things you can do this semester to change up your routine and take advantage of opportunities offered around your school community. Making even one change can brighten up an already-gloomy semester, or add some fun to the new start.
Join a Club
While this may sound odd, you may be surprised at what clubs exist on your campus. At Simpson University, there have been all kinds of unique clubs like the Biology Club, who goes on camping trips and cool biological expeditions; the Skate Club who skateboards around and hangs out together; the Outdoor Leadership Club who trek into the wilderness to get a good hike in, goes on snowboarding trips, and kayaks Whiskey Town Lake; and Asian Fellowship which is designed to bring in people from all cultures and backgrounds to fellowship together through game nights, food, and guest speakers every week. If you love to do something but don’t see a club for it, try starting your own!
Apply for a Leadership Position
Maybe you have always wanted to be on the student council, serve as a Resident Assistant, or help guide Freshmen as a First Year Experience Leader, but have been a little iffy about it. This semester could be the time to step outside of your comfort zone and apply for a leadership position for the next school year. These positions look great on resumes, give you real-life experience, and can be a ton of fun! Talk to someone in a position you might be interested in and get their perspective on what they do. You never know what can happen until you try!
Sit Somewhere New at Meals
At this point in the semester, you probably have that group of friends you sit with at every meal at the same table around the same time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this, but sometimes mixing it up can be a positive thing. Every now and then, try sitting somewhere new when you go into the cafeteria. You never know who you might meet, and even befriend by doing so. I met some of my closest college friends by intentionally sitting somewhere new every so often.
Host a Dinner Night Once a Week
Tired of the cafeteria food? Burning out on Goldfish Crackers and Doritos? Invite friends over to your dorm/house once a week and make a meal together. Everyone can pitch in with the ingredients, which makes is affordable on a college budget. Watch a movie while you eat, take some time to study together, or just hang out. It is a great way to relieve stress, build relationships, and have fun while eating tasty food!
Whether you take these tips or make your own resolutions, we want to wish you a Happy New Year and pray you have a wonderful spring semester!