This New Year's, we know you're making the same ol' boring resolutions -- go to the gym, eat healthier, study more, blah blah blah. Those things are important, yes, but you're probably forgetting about some of the most critical commitments you should make this 2015. Make these promises to yourself so that when 2016 rolls around a whopping 12 months from now, you really are a whole year older AND wiser.
Strive for balance, not perfectionism
It's not about getting all As all the time. It's about balance. Cram for exams, finish your assignments on time, don't blow off your responsibilities...but take a day to yourself here and there whenever you're able to. Don't skip your BFF's birthday to study in the library. Your GPA matters less than you think it does.
Call your parents regularly
We know you're super busy doing fun college things, but don't forget about your 'rents in all that craziness. When you get a text from your mom asking if you're still alive, that's when you know you need to start picking up the phone more often.
Stop Facebook stalking your ex or crush
This includes checking their Snapchat best friends list and who they're following on Instagram. Keeping constant tabs on them only hurts you, and it's a colossal waste of time. If you haven't told your crush that you're crushin' on them yet, do it ASAP -- because the sooner you make a move, the sooner you can move on with your life in case your love goes unrequited.
Keep in touch with old friends from high school...
You'll probably never speak to 99% of your high school after college starts, and that's totally normal. But make the effort to stay in touch with the select few friends who do matter to you, because otherwise you might regret it in the future.
...but make new friends, too
Even if you've already got all the friends you want, there's always room for more. College is that one time in your life where there's a ton of people nearby who are all roughly the same age as you and who have common interests -- hello, you chose the same college -- with you. Take full advantage of this, because it's way harder to meet new people once you graduate.
Sit in the front of your classes
Not skipping class is probably already one of your resolutions. Step it up a notch by vowing to not just show up, but also to sit in front during all your lectures. You don't need to be that goody-goody sitting in the front row who asks questions every five minutes -- actually, please don't be that person -- but sitting towards the front will make it wayyy easier to pay attention during class. In the back row, it's easy to doze off, zone out or spend the whole time browsing the interwebs.
Get some real hobbies
When people ask you what you like to do, you want to be able to say something more interesting than the generic "hanging out with friends." Figure out what your interests are, and there's no better way to do that than to...
Do something that terrifies you
Maybe it's auditioning for an a capella group when you don't even know how to read music. Maybe it's going to a fraternity's rush event when you assumed Greek life wasn't for you. Try something new and if it absolutely stinks, at least you'll get a funny anecdote out of it. Don't stay in your comfort zone.
Resolve to keep an open mind about everything. College exposes you to a lot of different experiences and opportunities worth considering. Don't shut them out, because now is when you're supposed to explore all these new and interesting things.
Focus on the big picture, not the details
Whether it's one bad grade or one extra crappy day, it's not the end of the world. Take a deep breath and put things in perspective.
Think about post-graduation life
Four years in college go by much faster than you think they will. You don't need to know what you want to do for the rest of your life, but it's good to have at least a vague understanding of what you might want to do in the year after graduation. This way, you can start preparing -- with internships or entrance exams, for example -- for whatever comes next.
Wash your sheets and towels regularly
Once a semester is nowhere near enough.
Go to whatever doctor's appointments you've been putting off
When was the last time you went to the dentist? Yeah, that's what we thought. Get caught up on all your check-ups and physicals, because it's always better to be safe than sorry. And if you're sexually active, maybe throw in an STD test as well just in case.
Change is inevitable and it'll follow you around for the rest of your life. There are some problems you'll never find out the answer to. Learn to accept both these things.