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How to Break Your New Year’s Resolutions

Each year it’s the same routine: December comes to an end, we realize our shortcomings and failures, and resolve to change ourselves when the clock strikes midnight. But where’s the fun in that? Even the most well-intentioned resolutions can fall victim to a packed gym or a nasty hangover.

By this point in January, you’ve probably already caved to temptation an returned to your old ways, but if you’re still hanging on, the start of the semester is likely to resurrect your old routines. According to a study done by The University of Scranton, the following are among the most common resolutions for 2014. Since you’re bound to break them eventually, here are some ways you can shed the resolution and remain “so State” in the process.

1. Lose Weight

It’s no secret that State College winters are cold, so why are we all trying to lose weight at a time like this? Embrace your inner arctic animal, order some Wings Over, grab a milkshake from the Creamery, and pack on that blubber. It’s much more satisfying than waiting in line for a treadmill at the White Building anyway.

2. Get Organized

You’ll never update that Google Calendar. That planner will collect more dust than your textbooks. Don’t even waste your time mapping out your syllabus anywhere.

3. Spend Less, Save More

You have your entire life to save for retirement, so why go thrifty now? Drink off special. Buy full priced clothes at Urban Outfitters, Metro, and whatever other over-priced boutiques exist downtown. Making a run to the liquor store? Swap Vlad for Grey Goose. You deserve it.

4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest

Or you could just watch more Netflix. You know you want to.

5. Stay Fit and Healthy

Elle Woods taught us that exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy. You know what else makes you happy? Chocolate.

6. Learn Something Exciting

You could brave the elements, leave your dorm or apartment, attempt to catch a loop, and schlep yourself to class and maybe learn something exciting, or you could troll around BuzzFeed and learn which products from the 90s are/are not still available. I’ll let you be the judge of what’s more exciting.

7. Spend More Time with Family

Don’t go home. Like ever. No weekend trips, no spring break…don’t even go home after the semester. Who needs a sublet? Remember, spend more, save less. You have your entire post-graduate life to spend with your family; you only have four years (give or take a semester or three) as an undergrad.

How are you breaking your resolutions? Share in the comments.

About the Author

Ali Fogarty

Ali Fogarty is a senior from the suburbs of Philadelphia majoring in Public Relations and Political Science who's passionate about Netflix and everything bagels.


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