New Year’s resolutions: What changes are you making?

January 21, 2016  |   Found in Editorial // Student Life

It’s that time of the year again. People will now be waking up earlier than usual. The gym will experience its busiest next few months. And the students at the University of Calgary will have an extra spring to their step because it’s the beginning of a new semester. Or at least they should because now is the perfect time to start doing something different. For those of you who are still trying to decide what to change or improve upon at the start of this new year, let me share what I am doing for my New Year resolutions and maybe give you some ideas for you want to do.

First of all, I recently started trying to wake up early every day. It just seems like I can accomplish more and do more things during my day if I wake up early. It basically sets up the rest of my day.

Next, I am trying to work out every day first thing in the morning. I’ve been working out consistently for about 5 years now, but the times that I actually go to the gym have been erratic. Sometimes I’d go to the gym at noon and sometimes I’d work out a couple of hours before the gym closes. For 2016, I’m trying to be more consistent and have an actual schedule for my physical activities. Exercise is a great way to help you relieve some stress and keeps both your body and brain healthy.

To support all that gym time, I am also trying to eat well again. Before I started university, I was actually doing this pretty well. I always watched what I ate, and there was always a good balance of protein, veggies, and carbs. I stopped doing this because I was spending more time worrying about university courses, extra-curricular responsibilities, and work duties was all the stress that I needed in my life. I want to get back on track, but we’ll see if this resolution works out.

Another one is to attend every lecture that I am signed up for. Some people argue that they actually learn better by themselves. That may be true, but the thing is that these same people are paying to attend these lectures. Students don’t really realize just how much money they’re wasting by not attending their classes, but it is a pretty hefty amount. In addition to that, I actually enjoy going to class because it keeps me accountable. Just by simply attending a lecture, I immediately know where we are in the course and it gives me a chance to ask the instructor questions about the class.

Last of all and definitely most important, I am making a resolution to be happier. Hopefully the first few resolutions that I mentioned will help with this one. First, I will go about doing this by being more positive. I like friendly people who always have a positive outlook in life, and for 2016 I would like to emulate how these people live their lives. Another one is this: as a res kid, I spend a lot of my time on campus. Because of this I don’t get to see my family and friends who live off campus a lot. So that’s one thing that I’d like to do more, I would like to spend more time with my loved ones, and make sure that I am taking care of myself both mentally and physically.

I hope this helped those of you who haven’t decided what to do for their resolution. If you already have resolutions, I would just like you to know that you are awesome and I hope that you are successful! If you don’t, consider making at least one change in your life for the better. What do you think it would be?


Justin Biocos is a 3rd year business student. He occasionally finds himself terribly lost on campus only to meet a strange old wizard who leads him back to the right path to kill the dragon. He is an expert in eating, sleeping, and lying down. If you’re looking for him, he is occasionally spotted at the TFDL Quad singing Let It Go to the squirrels who stole his lunch.