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17 College Women Share Their New Year’s Resolutions


Only 3 more days left in 2015! It’s crunch time for setting a 2016 resolution — and these 17 college women have already figured out what they want to work on in the New Year.

Check out their resolutions — and get inspired for your own — below!

“My New Year's Resolution for 2016 is to remember to take time for myself. I'm a pretty busy little bee, so my nights of ‘relaxation’ in 2015 usually just consisted of taking a hot shower and passing out around 8:30. In 2016, I hope I'll be able to spend some time really loving myself in the form of facials, new pajamas, and the occasional day off.”

-Olivia, University of North Carolina Wilmington Class of 2018

“My resolution for 2016 is to not wear sweat pants and workout attire outside of the gym. I will only allow myself to wear workout clothes on the weekend. I believe this will help build up my confidence.”

-Tamiracle, University of South Florida St. Petersburg Class of 2017

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“My New Year's resolution is to realize that everything happens for a reason, focus on what is in my control and what I can do to be better, and not to sweat the things I cannot change. Hopefully doing so will lessen the stress.”

-Jane, Fordham University Class of 2019

“I didn't end this year with some of the people I started it with. Unfortunately people grow apart for the most superficial and unimportant reasons. However by the end of this year, I've finished it with the most important people in my life and that's all that matters. That makes my New Year's resolution is to always be open to making new friends, to be forgiving, and to be understanding. It's impossible to predict which people you meet could be potential friends for life, especially in college. I look forward to seeing how my relationships will develop next year.”

-Kathryn, SUNY Oneota Class of 2018

“I have the biggest sweet tooth. I think it's a serious problem because sometimes I'll even order dessert before my entrée at restaurants. Since I won't be 22 forever, I know it's best for my long-term health to be a lot more careful with what I put into my body so that I won't get diabetes or any other serious disorders. So my New Year's resolution is to cut out sweets for 21 days. I read several articles stating that it takes 21 days to break a habit. So starting January 1st I'll be giving up cookies, brownies, cupcakes, chocolate, milkshakes, ice cream — basically everything worth living. Wish me luck!”

-Rachel, Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2016

“This year I've decided to, as Melissa Fabello says in her video on diet culture, forgo the resolution and focus on some revolution instead. I want to use my power to make my aspiring dream of becoming an activist for the LGBTQ community happen.”

-Jessica, Montclair State University Class of 2017

“My New Year's resolution is to find a career in 2016 that I am excited and passionate about. I'd also love to allow myself to let go a little, and realize that if I don't find my dream job in 2016, things will be okay. I had really high standards for myself in 2015, and it led to me feeling a little let down when I wasn't able to make it all happen. I'm young, and doing quite a lot, and I need to give myself the opportunity to fail and be confused for a while.”

-Alaina, Emerson College Class of 2017

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“This year, my New Year's resolution is to continue to learn and grow in my style of martial arts (Uechi-Ryu Karate). I want to pass my first degree black belt test and walk at the black belt graduation in April. I also want to gain muscle mass. I'm in relatively good shape but I know there is room to improve my strength. I would like to break 100 lbs by the time I graduate at the black belt ceremony.”

-Moriah, Salem State University Class of 2019

“My New Year's resolution is to think of others before myself. The past year I realized how much my friends do for me, and how little I do for them. I want to start making more of an effort.”

-Nicolette, University of Illinois Class of 2017

“My resolution is to actively search out opportunities to enhance my life instead of passively sitting by and waiting them to come to me. In short, I resolve to be more proactive.”

-Rachel, San Francisco State University Class of 2017

“I resolve to create my own happiness and not let other people be so influential on my self worth.”

-Megan, James Madison University Class of 2017

“I'm focusing on my career this year. I'm done with distractions, bad attitudes, and of course boys who aren't worth my time. I've reached a point in my life where I know where I want to be and I'm going to be driven and dedicated to better myself and become the woman who I'm meant to be. So this year I will continue doing what I love, applying for jobs and internships, and creating a better version of me, for me. I'm ready for my bright future ahead and will be grateful for every opportunity that this year will bring.”

-Barbara, SUNY Oneota Class of 2018

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“I plan on giving more time to my sweet Grandma. So Grandma, be prepared for once a week calls from me!”

-Emilie, University of Utah Class of 2017

“My New Year's resolution is to try to love myself more in all senses of the word. Self-love will include learning to forgive myself for my mistakes, being honest with myself as well as resolving any pre-existing internal conflicts.”

-Angela, Stony Brook University Class of 2018

“I want to be a dedicated yoga practitioner again! During my senior year of high school, I would spend an hour or two a day doing hot yoga at a studio near my home in Southern California (I know, the cliché is strong with this one). During those two months I was so strong and balanced and overall just so at peace. I went to my first hot yoga class in years the other week and decided to take advantage of their new student deal to kick start 2016. I can't wait to see how much yoga I can squeeze in in the next 40 days!”

-Jenna, Drexel University Class of 2019

“My New Year's resolution is to speak up on things that I see are wrong more often. I've learned that staying silent when witnessing or hearing injustices, whether on a large or small scale, is harmful and contributes to the problem. Calling people out and educating them on their mistakes is something I plan on doing in 2016 more often.”

-Kayla, Temple University Class of 2020

“I want to make Dean's List for both the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 semesters.”

-Juliane, George Mason University Class of 2017

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