1. Anyone who doesn't benefit you, whether that be personally of professionally, should be cut out of your life. I knew a guy from my freshmen dorm who every time he posted on Facebook it put me in an instant bad mood. Simply by deleting him from my friends list and sparing myself the unnecessary small talk when we cross paths on campus I am much happier (and calmer). We're 20, not 12, not everyone has to be friends.
4. Carrie Bradshaw taught us an important lesson, back up! And I don't mean the kind of backing up that is necessary when you are too close to someone in line. Save all those papers you worked hard on and photographs online for free! I use Google Docs for my documents and SkyDrive for my photographs. It's cheap and easy, but most of all, saves me the stress in case I one day lose my laptop.
5. Start thinking about spring break/summer vacation early. There is nothing worse than traveling back home for break and having nothing to do. You don't have to do anything extravagant, something as simple as a camping trip with all your girlfriends is what can keep you motivated throughout the quarter.
6. Physically sort through every item of clothing you own and decide whether you love it or not. Keep nothing you kind of like it or that maybe one day will come back in style, you need to love it! If you dont love something, there is no point in owning it. I did this two years ago and now every morning when I get dressed I have a closet full off options I love, no so-sos here. Plus, life is too short to dress plainly.
8. Make plans to travel somewhere for an extended period of time, anywhere! Before settling down you want to know you've seen at least a tiny chunk of this world. Plus, living on your own in a new city can really make a person learn a lot about themselves. Take that internship in that city you've never been to or apply for schools you never thought to because of the distance.
9. Learn to cook your favorite meal. Our moms sadly wont be around forever.
10. Set a huge goal this year that has nothing to do with your body/looks or academics. Something fun and just for you. Avoid making a big resolution with friends because as soon as one person bails it's easy for everyone else to quit too. This year I made the resolution to do everything in my power to study abroad. Without the burden of checking up on anyone, I was able to apply and be accepted to a six month program in England. It took me all year long but I did it! I leave January 2nd for London, which proves if you want it bad enough, any resolution is possible.