Guide to making the most of 2021


Exercise more, eat healthier.

The holidays are over, and it is now time to return to school and work. But you notice that your favorite pair of jeans now fit a little too tight. You remember all the food you ate over the holiday and realize that you are out of shape, both fitness-wise and diet-wise. This is the most appropriate New Year resolution for most college students. Use this new year to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s going to the gym more, making an exercise routine or cleaning up your diet, the year just started and you have three hundred and sixty-five days to burn the holiday weight off and reach your fitness goals.


Pick up new skills and hobbies.

Start learning a skill or hobby that you have always admired. For example, you could explore reading by buying the book adaptation of your favorite movie. If you want to learn how to draw or paint, YouTube is full of videos that will teach you. Whether you want to learn crafty skills or pick up a mind enriching hobby, the new year is your chance to add a dash of something different to your leisure time.


Spend more time with family and friends.

Yes, you just got done with the holidays. You’ve had your fill of family members and their drama. But throughout this new year, make sure to maintain that friendship that sparked over Christmas dinner. Keep in touch with your current friends, and regularly check up on your family members. Remember that elementary school friend you used to be close with but somehow lost touch? Call them up, see how they’re doing. Try to build lasting relationships with the people around you this year.


Save more money, invest in your future.

The holidays can be stressful with hosting, feasting and gift-giving becoming almost bank-breaking. Start saving or investing your money now. This way, you will be prepared for the upcoming 2021 holidays. You can start saving up from your phone. There are a few apps that encourage students to save their money and help them invest if they want to. For example, Acorns is an app that rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the spare change for you. Robinhood is another student-friendly app that enables students to invest their spare money into stocks and bonds. These twelve months could be just what you need to save enough to go on that trip or buy that house or car.