Mike’s New Year’s Resolutions

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For a lot of people, the new year represents a fresh start and clean slate to start the new year off right. As a college student, the new year is the sign of a fresh semester and the opportunity to take new classes and earn better grades. Sadly though for me, this new semester will also be my last semester, as I will be graduating from the University of Virginia in May. Although I certainly have no regrets (yet!), here are my top new year’s resolutions for making my last semester, my best semester.

1. Attend a UVa basketball game and sit in the student section

Although I’m embarrassed to admit, especially because I’m such an avid sports fan, I have never gone to a home UVa basketball game (unbelievable, right?). There’s certainly something special about college athletics compared to the pro game, and I crave that last opportunity to root for my alma mater. Plus, there’s nothing more fun than chanting “Hoo’s your daddy?” at the opposing players and coaches!

2. Cure myself of 4th Year apathy

Everybody knows that seniors, whether it be in high school or college, have a tendency to care less about school and more about having fun. While its certainly fun to be a 2nd semester senior, finishing out school on a high note will be a good boost when god forbid I enter the real world next fall. On the bright side, I’m taking all electives next semester which should certainly make this resolution easier to accomplish.

3. Streak the Lawn

Hey! It might be an archaic, nonsensical UVa tradition but it is a rite of passage for all 4-th years nonetheless. The route from the famed rotunda down toward the statue of Thomas Jefferson might be cold, and snowy but the reward is so worthwhile. What better time to engage in this distinctly UVa tradition then when I’ll be walking down this same route maybe a couple weeks later to finally graduate!

So there you have it, my three goals or resolutions for the upcoming spring semester. A perfect mix of pleasure and hard work should make these goals attainable, but hey, isn’t the best part about making new year’s resolutions is not completing them?

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118 Responses to Mike’s New Year’s Resolutions

  1. sarah fitch says:

    Please enter me! 😀

    • Theresa Miller says:

      My son’s a junior in college and works really hard to keep his 4.0. He needs that coffeee so pleaseee pick us to win!!

  2. Susan Vaughn says:

    My New Years resolution is to be more active…at home, in the community and with my friends.

  3. Jenny Conejo says:

    My new years resolution is going to be to volunteer my time more to our humane society, be a more patient person, & get organized! Wish me luck =)

  4. Laura Shea says:

    Good resolutions:)

  5. Aliyah W says:

    College sporting events are a lot of fun! You should definitely go to one at your alma mater =)

  6. i would adore this pick me pleaseeeeee

  7. my resolution is to quit smoking

  8. My New Year’s goal is to get my family closer and getting along better by next year.

  9. Cristal says:

    my new years resolution is to finish some projects ive been putting off for a while.

  10. monica hingorani says:

    My new year’s resolution is to workout more.

  11. Jennell says:

    Here is my list:
    1. Quit Smoking (started again 2 months ago)
    2. Take better care of myself – more sleep, eat heathier, excerise
    3.Hug more, tell people I <3 how much they mean to me
    4. Practice forgiveness( this one is going to be hard)
    5. Remember to be grateful daily!!
    6. Give to charity – if not money…my time 🙂

  12. stephanie t says:

    My new years resolution is to travel more ASAP! 😉

  13. Diana N says:

    Run fast while streaking!!!

  14. Jennifer P says:

    I would like to get out of debt. Good luck on your resolutions!!

  15. Tanisha Gordon says:

    my new years resolution is to be more productive

  16. Valerie C. says:

    I have a resolution to eat healthy…I really don’t like many vegetables and this year I’m going to make a big effort to eat them 🙂

  17. Lisa says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to read more & actually sew more in my spare time. Thanks for hosting!

  18. kate says:

    My new years resolution is to spend more time in the gym

  19. Angelia Gregory says:

    would love to win and thanks.

  20. Liz says:

    My new years resolution is
    1.Loose 30lbs
    2.Stay active & healthy (excersice, eating right)
    3.Get a new look (make-over)
    4.Let myself have fun & be happy 🙂

  21. Nancy Fender says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to not have any resolutions!

  22. Jessica M says:

    Less work and more family time – that streaking sounds quite fun – but the weather is so frightening too cold here in WVA

  23. Marisol V. says:

    This year, me resolution is to read more and maintain an active lifestyle 🙂

  24. Tasha Hanna says:

    Those are awesome, I have set a few goals for myself also. Have a great new year!!

    Please enter me!!

  25. shannon dinet says:

    My New Years resolution is to be happy

  26. Megan Q says:

    My resolution is to study more! 🙂

  27. Deborah Kubala says:

    I would like to stress less in 2011, but not sure I will be able to keep this.

  28. Carol RH says:

    My New years resolution is to try more in everything I do

  29. Jacqueline v says:

    My resolution is to be more green! I’m starting by taking my reusable grocery bags with me to the store

  30. yelena leychik says:

    My resolution is to become healthier and happier…

  31. robyn says:

    my resolution is to quit smoking

  32. vlad novet says:

    My resolution is wo WIN MORE STUFF NEXT YEAR!

  33. Ellen B says:

    My resolution is to drink more coffee 🙂 No, really I want to try to clean up papers and things like that and get organized.

  34. Paula Freeman says:

    Stay on track with my work.

  35. christina vo says:

    Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks. I Love Book Renter.

  36. Jennifer Lutz says:

    My resolution is to go to Indianna to see my friend!

  37. Brigette says:

    My NYR would be to focus on getting more financially secure ( I’m tired of being uncertain – it’s too stressful!), Be more involved with activities & people, and shake off this gloomy fear thing I’ve had (what happened to my happy-go-lucky, strong, confident self? and why haven’t I been painting my nails? 😀 lol). Here’s to a brand new start ♥

    • Renee says:

      I live right near the UVA campus. It’s gorgeous and the home games are a lot of fun. Everyone really gets into it. Hubby and I went to a basketball game there last year and while our seats weren’t the greatest, I had so much fun. It completely normal to see professional players (NBA) hanging out. It’s definitely a blast. You have to go sometime!

      • Renee says:

        Oops…I didn’t mean to reply to you. That was meant to be a separate comment.

  38. christina vo says:

    Sorry…my resolution is to save more $ this year. <3

  39. Janene Scarborough says:

    This year I want to get out and exercise more…

  40. Vicki Chrzanowski says:

    Every year I make a New Year Resolution and every year it last about 2 days, if I am good. This year I am going to go out on a limb and just forget the resolution and be me!!

  41. Shannon M. says:

    Me me me! 🙂

  42. Earlene Yolanda Arnold says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to be more aware of the things that I eat and partake in healthy eating! I want to stick to goals that I set and reward myself upon completion!

  43. Amanda Simon says:

    I would love to be entered… and amazon is a great idea for gift cards too 🙂

    My resolution is to eat better… not anything too profound.

  44. Jocelyn says:

    Great new years resolutions 🙂

    My resolution is to lose weight and develop my career.

  45. louise brown says:

    i would love to win this

  46. Betsy says:

    My rsolution is to be more active.

  47. Renee says:

    My new years resolution is to stop making resolutions. It’s to much pressure lol

    I live right near the UVA campus. It’s gorgeous and the home games are a lot of fun. Everyone really gets into it. Hubby and I went to a basketball game there last year and while our seats weren’t the greatest, I had so much fun. It completely normal to see professional players (NBA) hanging out. It’s definitely a blast. You have to go sometime!

  48. Lisa Young says:

    I like #3! Sounds like fun! I don’t make resolutions, but I would like to give up my addiction to sugar!!! Oh, and…I hope I win! Now that I think about it, one resolution should be giving up my annoying habit of using exclamation points all the time!!!

  49. April Hughes says:

    I love books so my New Years resolution is to try and read 50 books next year

  50. Pamela Hansen says:

    my new years resolution is to be a better person and do more for the less fortunate

  51. Nicole says:

    My new years resolution is to eat better and start working out again.

  52. Amanda says:

    My new years resolution is to buy a house so I can get out of my in laws house! It’s been a long 6 months or so!

  53. Robert D. says:

    My new years resolution is to lose the Baby weight I gained when my wife was pregnant, lol

  54. maygan says:

    I like that your list is practical and goofy. My resolutions are to cook more from scratch and stop spending so much at starbucks (it’s getting bad).

  55. Lindsey A. says:

    My new years resolution is to relose the baby weight I gained, I lost 45 lbs the first 6wks after my daughter was born and now I’ve gained 15 back 🙁

  56. Diana says:

    My resolution is to get moer excercise.. original eh? But so true!!

  57. Angie Turner says:

    My resolution is to make a 650 on my GMAT and start grad school…and if I get that 650, I may streak too!

  58. Jay w says:

    my New Years resolution is to lose 15 lbs and to play with the kids more

  59. My New Years Res …. Well I love to HELP People! So I am going to take time this yr to help out local charities!! Also Bcs I have been doing freebies, sampling, couponing I want to help them score items that will help with savings!! Thanks for giving me a chance to score a GIFT CARD!

  60. Brett Joel Griffith says:

    My resolution is to get straight A’s during my final semesters at Eastern Michigan University!

  61. Mandi Rupp says:

    My resolutions this year is to be strong, and independent for myself and my children, to show my children that it is okay to be a little scared, worried, emotional about their father leaving for a 7 month deployment. To show them that is it okay to feel these feeling; that we as a family can do this! My other resolutions is to be more active in our ships family support group and to help and support other new navy wives through this time. And my last resolution is to be more organized to finish what I have started.

  62. Michelle G. says:

    My New Year’s Resolution is to not waste away my Spring semester like I did my fall one.

  63. shirley mills says:

    Would love to win,,

  64. Kimberly G says:

    Nice resolutions. Mine is to try to loose this baby weight I gained almost 6 months ago. My inlaws were wonderful and got me a double jogging stroller to help me with this! Good luck with yours! Happy New Year

  65. Sharon H says:

    Hmm, I think my New Year’s resolution will be to balance my checkbook more often!

  66. Lynda L Greene says:

    Would love to win. Good Luck everyone.
    Getting early start/info for my baby girl. She will be leaving the nest for college next year.

  67. Lynda L Greene says:

    Sorry forgot, my New Year resolution is to lose weight, and stay off the cigs

  68. kelly says:

    take better care of myself

  69. zainab says:

    Nice resolutions, i need to make mine

  70. Jennifer L says:

    My New Year’s resolution to get running again. I was able to squeeze in some time for it this past summer and loved it.

  71. Betty says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to try to be more organized.

  72. Lindsay S. says:

    Woo Hoo! I Love Coffee (mostly Starbucks)!

  73. Brandon says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to play less video games!

  74. David L. says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to stick to the p90x and lose more weight!

  75. Brianna says:

    My resolutions are to stop procrastinating, study harder, be more open (I’m a pretty private person), and drink more water.

  76. Precious Jewel says:

    This is not a new year’s resolution, it’s more like beginning 2 fulfill my purpose in life.. I look forward 2 starting a mentoring program for younger girls that encourages them 2 DREAM & make their dreams a reality. The plan is to reach out to my immediate community and then across the country. I plan on reaching out to @ least 500 girls b4 the end of January by God’s grace!

  77. jessicar says:

    Hope you can stick to the 4th year apathy resolution thatone has to be the hardest!

  78. Megan L. says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to cut down on my shopping!

  79. Katie G says:

    Entering! My resolution would be to get my life on track with a GOOD job, be healthier, finish schooling, and maybe by the end of the year a house? =p we can dreammmm right?

  80. Rose says:

    My new years resolution is to get in shape!

  81. TJ Huddleston says:

    My new years resolution is to become healthier by means of eating less fast food and exercising, saving more money, and getting good grades in school.

  82. Naomi says:

    Mike: G’luck with your last semester. I wish you and everyone else the best of luck in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions too!

    As for myself, I have a couple of small goals for myself each with the theme of finding a balance in my daily life. One thing I’d really like to do is take at least one Sunday out of the each month to send family and loved ones a hand written letter. Text messages, emails and the like are super convenient and wonderful in their own right but do not compare to the time and thought that goes into putting pen to paper for someone. This will also be a great creative outlet for me since it will encourage me to start making my handmade paper and cards again.

  83. michele malone says:

    good luck with your resolutions! I’d love to be entered also.

  84. Tabitha Jones says:

    My new years resolution is to loose around 50 pounds since i accomplished last years task to stop smoking! I am in college but had to take some time off for medical issues so I want to go back to class asap!

  85. amy says:

    My resolution is to drink more coffee. haha

  86. Becky Cole says:

    I would love to win a coffee GC!!!

  87. Cindy Moore says:

    My resolution is to eliminate as much stress from my life as possible! I would love to win!

  88. Shauna says:

    Those are some great resolutions. My resolution as always is to not make any resolutions.

  89. mallika says:

    new year resolution is a slimmer and healthier me, so exercise everyday. 🙂

  90. Stefanie says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to focus more on my career goals to advance in my job. I would love to win!

  91. nicole goodale says:

    Coffee is my best friend especially when it comes to the night before exams!!!! I dont make resolutions any more because I never keep them!

  92. sheila dempsey says:

    My New Year resolution is to be more green! I’m starting by taking my reusable grocery bags with me to the store, and do more recycling…:=)

    I would love to win, good luck to all.

  93. Emily Walden says:

    I resolve to go on an adventure this year. I’m in graduate school right now, but I’m taking a year off from it, and I want to use this year to explore. In childhood and adolescence, I consumed myself with adventures through books, and they have given me the spirit of wanting to travel, so that I, too, can have an adventure to write about when I come home. I’ve loved books forever, and I want to contribute something to the literary world through my own adventures. Thus, that is my resolution: Adventure!

  94. Jayne says:

    I too am trying to avoid any sort of apathy, and to also become more productive.

    Best Wishes for the New Year.

  95. Lisa says:

    My resolution for 2011 is to be more of a giver. The more we give the more comes back to us and in the process I will be making a heart happy!

  96. Teresa F says:

    I want to spend more time with my kids instead of working more than full time. I feel like the babysitters are raising them.

  97. Dawn Schwalm says:

    Please enter me Thanks!

  98. Anna says:


  99. Madisen says:

    My new years revolution is to get along with the girls at school, and focus on learning what is presented in class!

  100. Alisa says:

    I would love a coffee gc! yuuummmm

    • Alisa says:

      And my new years resolution: losing 20-30lbs… I’m in my best friends wedding this summer…. I need to rock the dress… oh and I need to find an adult job, not two part timers its killing me.

  101. Jennifer says:

    My resolution is to not procrastinate, especially in the small things. Many times I put things off that are difficult or I’d rather not do at the time, like responding to emails right away. I would like to get more things done that I don’t really feel like doing so I feel rewarded by doing the things I really want to do.
    I also would like to be more spontaneous. I feel like I have gotten into a rut in life and would like to be a more fun person. I want to be the type of person that others like being around and I feel like right now I am too shy to do so.

  102. Lindsey C says:

    Exercise more! (This is always my resolution, but this time I resolve to actually give it a real go)

  103. Laura says:

    New Year’s resolution is to work hard on achieving all my goals. Keep my 4.0 in school and keep working towards having a better career, to be happy, a better person, exercise more, and live laugh love <3

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  105. carissa t says:

    my new year’s resolution is to accept things I can’t change..and to start taking care of myself both mentally and physically. Ps..I love Starbucks 😉 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  106. cher says:

    to do well in school…..get my surgery…have fun with famliy…Get JOB….

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  108. Lucinda says:

    I don’t normally make resolultions. I resolve to take each day and try to make it better than the day before. I will continue to ask God for guidance and Thank Him for each and every day I wake up and my feet hit the floor. Thanks for hosting this contest and Good Luck to everyone with their New Year’s Resolutions!

  109. Lucinda says:

    Almost forgot – Thanks also for your free book giveaways. Almost didn’t believe it was real til I received a copy of Petty Magic today. Thanks a Bunch!

  110. Andrew P says:

    Lose some weight

  111. Dawn says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to honor my needs more instead of always taking care of everyone else like I have always done.

  112. Bailee Milner says:

    This year, I have 3 resolutions.
    1. Stop thinking of myself all the time.
    2. Be a 4.0 student.
    3. Find a steady job and move out.

  113. Jeana Poindexter says:

    My New Years Resolution is to stop smoking! I want to get back in shape! 🙂

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