New Year's resolutions... for my final year

Anna

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Category: Nursing and midwifery

2 January 2020

2020 has finally arrived! As a final-year midwifery student, my thoughts are turning to what might happen after uni - and my New Year's resolutions reflect that.

The excitement and joy from Christmas and New Year has passed (and we're recovering from the sweets, mince pies and celebrations). New adventures and goals begin.

A new year is a great opportunity to start afresh, whether academically or personally, and make resolutions for the upcoming year. As a third-year student, thoughts might turn to the months ahead, essays and exam deadlines, applying for jobs, and the uncertainty of what will happen after university.

New Year’s resolutions are meant to be personal to you and help you to achieve your goals. Make sure they are realistic and achievable to prevent putting too much pressure and stress on yourself. My advice would be to make some academic resolutions but also some personal ones as, after all, you must look after you!

In terms of academic resolutions, it might be small steps or plans to achieve a certain goal. For example:

  • becoming more organised – making a timetable/schedule that you can stick to, to enable you to work on essays or revise for exams in small sections throughout the week (this is definitely one for me!)
  • don’t leave work to the last minute
  • go to the library to help you focus
  • attend a support session to help with work
  • join a new club.society/sport activity/team... it’s never too late!
  • don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • and remember to stay positive – you’ve got this!

Suggestions for personal resolutions include:

  • have space in your schedule, even if just for a couple of hours, that is your time
  • try new things
  • be more active
  • eat more healthily
  • save a certain amount of money each month.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t always for everyone. Sometimes it’s best to do what works for you. As the saying goes ‘If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’. Sometimes it can be little things to remember as you go through your final year, like affirmations.

My affirmation to other third-year students:

  • remember how far you’ve come and what you have achieved – and what you can achieve this year
  • keep that dedication and passion of why you chose to study your course/go into your profession
  • never give up on your journey
  • you’ve got this!

I don’t always do resolutions; sometimes I just have a plan in my mind that I know I want to do. So, these are some plans or affirmations that I want to work on this year:

  • make a timetable that I can stick to, to help get a good balance of uni/placement/work and time for myself
  • have more confidence in myself as a student midwife
  • put myself forward more
  • remember how far I’ve come
  • save money for once I’ve graduated.

But don’t forget to enjoy your final year and these next few months. Make those memories!

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