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Happy New Year everyone!
This blog is dedicated to resolutions that will bring you one step closer to having an incredible semester and scoring an awesome GPA along the way!
- I will attend all classes/tutorials/peer assisted study sessions (PASS):
I know that I have mentioned this before in previous blogs, but I cannot stress how important it is for students to attend lectures and their accompanying components, such as tutorials. It may seem unnecessary at times, particularly if the lecture notes are posted online or you have a friend or fellow classmate who can lend you notes. However, in the end, your education and grades depend on your learning initiatives and whether or not you took the extra step to attend class. Professors often state that they can tell the difference between a paper that has been written by an individual who attends class and a paper by an individual who does not. So play it safe, attend class and learn!
- I will choose a major and/or courses that interest me:
In university you should attend classes because you care about the lecture material and have a vested interest in using the knowledge you gain from class outside of the lecture hall. Having said this, some of you may be wondering, “How do I know what subjects I will like if I have never taken them before?”. In the case of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Carleton, students can choose from a number of electives in their first year. These electives should be classes that you find interesting. This way you have a full year to experience different fields of study and determine which areas you enjoy. Just as going to class makes a difference in writing your paper and learning, so too does being engaged and passionate about what you learn!
- I will make use of my gym membership:
When you pay tuition at Carleton you get access to Carleton’s great fitness facilities! Whether you are into cardio, weights, swimming, squash, soccer, you name it – they are all available to you. While it is important to exercise your mind by keeping up with readings for your courses, it is also important to exercise your body and to eat healthy. Carleton’s gym is a great place to de-stress and get active. Athletics also offers a number of exciting fitness programs. So, in the New Year, pop on down and put that membership to good use!
Whether you are extroverted or introverted, it is always important to meet up with friends and take a break from the world of academia. While school is important, it is also important to have a healthy social life. Make sure to take a break from studying every once and a while to enjoy yourself. Ottawa is a beautiful city and there is always a lot to do. P.S. If you haven’t heard of Winterlude, check it out! It’s definitely something to mark on your calendars.
So, there you have it! While there are many more resolutions that I could fire off for you, I hope that these will serve to kick start your new year. Best of luck!
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