A college student’s resolutions: The year to be happy

By Ashley Lodise
February 2, 2017

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When the ball dropped and 2017 became the new year I was not interested in listing my resolutions at that exact moment. Embracing that sweet moment with my friends and celebrating another healthy year with each other was my only concern. That does not mean I did not make any resolutions.

Graphic By Ashley Lodise

2017 resolutions:

My resolutions for 2017 were to eliminate my stress and anxiety issues, get healthier, and as always, maintain my 3.5 GPA.

Battling stress and anxiety:

Throughout the past few years, I have grown to realize I stress out a lot about things that should not bother me and my anxiety ends up ruling my life. I have found it difficult to deal with my stress and anxiety. Leg shaking and teeth grinding are just a few symptoms that I go through.

Most nights I cannot sleep or go to sleep until 5 a.m. My body can be totally exhausted and I will have a million things running through my mind.

Eliminating my stress and anxiety:

My plan to eliminate my stress and anxiety by going to the gym. Cardio is a great way to get out all of your stress. I remember how good I felt going to the gym and how much my body loved me. My sleep was amazing and I had more energy to do the things that I love. This also falls under my whole plan to become healthier.

Become healthier:

As a college student, it is hard to eat the right food especially when the food on campus upsets your stomach. Most of the time I eat a frozen dinner, Wawa or fast food.

Along with going to the gym, I plan to start eating smaller proportions and healthier food choices.

Maintain my 3.5 GPA:

During my freshman year of college, I was told in order to keep my grants and scholarships I had to maintain a 3.5 GPA. At the end of my first semester, I finished with a 3.9 GPA and a 3.5 GPA for the second semester. My first semester of sophomore year I kept that same 3.5 GPA. I am now in my second semester of sophomore year working on maintaining that GPA. 

Because I cannot fully afford Cabrini’s tuition price, I depend on my grants and scholarships to get me through half way. Especially with having a single parent father, I cannot depend on another income for support.

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Do what makes you happy:

As every year rolls around I used to make crazy resolutions that I knew I would never be able to achieve. If I have any advice for those thinking twice about their resolutions, I would say to make simple goals that you know you can achieve. It is not about how fast you can loose weight or travel to another country but to do things that make you happy. Things that make you a better person.

Ashley Lodise

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