10 New Year’s Resolutions to Make University Life Easier

2016 is now upon us, and students up and down the country are slowly waking from their post Christmas break slumber and getting ready for the second semester of the academic year. The dawn of a new year tends to see many of us resolving to make certain changes in our lives over the course of the next 365 days. We may be almost two weeks into the new year already, but it's still the perfect opportunity to make 2016 your best year yet.

Some of the most common resolutions made at the start of the year are to lose weight, get fit, and be better with money. These are all worthy of being on anyone's list, but as a student there are a number of equally vital resolutions that you should be making. So without further ado, here are our top ten New Year's resolutions for students...

  • Be more organised
  • stop procrastinating
  • Join more clubs and societies
  • cut down on socialising
  • Spend less money
  • limit your use of social media
  • cut down on tv
  • keep on top of housework
  • get fitter
  • eat healthier

This tends to go hand in hand with getting fitter for most people, so it warrants a spot in our list of New Year's resolutions for students. It can be difficult to eat healthily on such a tight budget, but it is doable! Being a student doesn't have to mean living off ramen noodles for three years; we've got a few great tips to help you eat a healthier diet without breaking the bank:

  • Start your day right: Starting your day with a good breakfast of slow-release carbs sets you up perfectly for a day of lectures. A 1kg bag of porridge oats will set you back around 80p in most supermarkets; mix 50g with around 350ml of milk or water, and microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with your favourite tinned fruit, and enjoy! Or how about overnight oats to grab and go in the morning? Mix 50g oats, 100g yoghurt, and 100ml milk in a tub and leave in the fridge overnight; the oats will plump up and make a tasty, filling cold breakfast!
  • Eat a balanced lunch: Opt for more healthy carbs at lunchtime like a jacket potato topped with beans and grated cheese, or get a good protein hit with a homemade egg mayo sandwich. Leftovers from the night before also make a great lunch option with minimal fuss!
  • Make pasta work for you: Pasta is a cheap and versatile food, and is a staple for most students. Make your own tomato sauce by frying a couple of chopped onions in some oil until soft, add a couple of cloves of garlic and fry for a minute. Then add two tins of chopped tomatoes, a splash of balsamic or white wine vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, and some basil; simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce has reduced a little, then serve it chunky or blend it up.
  • Make your own soup: Making your own soup from seasonal vegetables is another way to eat healthily on a tight budget. A good base for a soup is to fry a chopped onion and some garlic until soft and aromatic, add in some flavouring such as curry powder, and then add in chopped carrots, leek, cauliflower, parsnips, swede, potatoes etc – whatever takes your fancy. Fill the pan with vegetable stock so that all the veg is covered, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, then blend and serve. You can even add in a cup of red lentils for extra protein, making your soup really filling and tasty!
  • Make good use of your freezer: Soups, pasta sauces, leftovers etc can all be frozen, so invest in some plastic tubs and freezer bags. Bread also freezes really well, and can be toasted straight from frozen, or split into slices and thawed on the worktop for 20 minutes before using.