Finishing the Year Strong

It’s hard to believe that it’s already December and that in just one short month I’ll officially be a second semester senior. Of course, before I can even get to that point I’ll have to finish up this semester and, as all college students know, that’s no easy feat.

In all the chaos that is finals week, it’s easy to forget about all the little things that you can do to help finish the year strong. And no, I’m not talking about all the studying you have to do in order to get an A in your senior capstone.

Set Goals for Yourself

I’m a strong believer in the power of goal setting. Now we all have something that we want to get done before the end of the year. Maybe that’s starting to get in shape before the new year, or maybe it’s learning how to cook so that you’re not so dependant on mac and cheese next semester. Either way, you’re never going to get anything done if you don’t first give yourself some direction and set goals.

So before you leave for break, sit down and think about what you want to accomplish before the year ends and then figure out how to get there.

Get Up and Do Something Every Single Day

When classes and work stops, it’s easy to get into the habit of doing nothing. And while it is okay to spend some time relaxing and rejuvenating, it gets slightly unhealthy if you continue doing nothing for, say, an entire month. So although it might be nice that you sat down and set some goals for yourself, you’ll never accomplish them if you don’t work at them every day.

So although it might be tempting to spend break binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix the whole time, instead, try this: every day do at least one thing that helps you get closer to achieving your goals.

Start Working on the Small Stuff

If you’re anything like I am, you have a ton of small things on your to-do list that always ends up getting pushed off because they’re not that important and they’re not time sensitive. For example, I have a ton of pictures sitting on my desk that I want to hang. Every single day I look at those pictures and get annoyed that they’re taking up space on my desk and think about how nice they would look on the wall. But despite the annoyance, I never seem to make time to actually hang them, even though doing so would probably only take 15 minutes, tops.

Don’t go into the new year with little things like this hanging over your head. Instead, spend that free time doing these little things. Take some time to hang up those pictures or clean out your closet so you have less to worry about going into the new year.

Don’t Forget about the Relationships

With all the goal setting and to-do list mastering going on, it’s easy to forget that the holidays really are a time to spend with friends and family. Especially for those who are seniors, this is likely the last long break you’ll have to spend a significant amount of time with those you love. So although it’s important to spend time achieving your goals, don’t forget to set aside time to spend with your friends and family as well.


Catharine Gaylord || Wayne Office


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