Resolutions and York U

Posted by Sunera on December 30, 2013

On-board to York


Resolutions, resolutions! It’s that time of the year again…well almost! I asked York students, friends and family for their new year’s resolution and here’s what I gathered most people wanted to achieve.

Spend more time with family and friends – We only live once, so make sure you spend time with family and friends. I know with school sometimes we put others on the back seat but my own goal is to spend more time with people I love. Whether I call them from school even for a few minutes or make plans to see them more often. Thanks to social media keeping in touch with distant relatives is now easier than ever before.

Get Fit – If you are trying to get fit. Why not try the York Recreation & Tait McKenzie Centre? York students must register for the Student Fitness Membership online or at Client Services and pay a non-refundable fee of $15 for a shoe tag. You can also try working out at home, and do different things to spice things up so you don’t get bored. I have a yoga mat at home and I try different exercises from YouTube. I also incorporate walking, hiking, indoor rock climbing because variety is the key.

Quit Smoking – Thinking of quitting smoking. York U can help. Check out the IQ Project .

Quit Drinking – Check out the support available at Human Volunteer Organization. Check out responsible drinking tips from a Peer Health Educator at York U.

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Lose Weight – People sometimes can get a bit obsessive about weight loss especially as a new year resolution. If you are constantly obsessing about this resolution then check out the support offered at York U. I find healthy eating and enjoying everything in moderation is the best approach, as my biggest weakness is desserts, and I find if I allow myself to eat everything then it is never an issue to maintain a healthy weight. Meghan wrote a great post so be sure to check it out – Weight Loss and University.

Enjoy Life – How about Travelling? You can study abroad while experiencing different cultures, learning about new things, and collecting memories for your scrapbook. Check out shows, plays, go out dancing with friends or do whatever makes you happy–just do it!

Get out of Debt – I swear I have a phobia of debt but that’s probably because I was a bookkeeper for almost ten years. I have been called the debt eraser queen many times, so proud to have that name! I make budget spread sheets and stick to them. I have paid all my school debt off prior to York U. I hope to have OSAP paid off in two years after graduation. I also put 25 dollars from each paycheque into savings account– that’s $1300 a month and you can treat yourself to something you like! I make budget sheets for myself, for family, and friends who need help clearing debt. As a sample budget sheet Check out Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Budget Worksheet. Gail is an awesome television show host for Till Debt Do Us Apart.

Learn Something New – How about salsa, hip hop or other dancing styles, learn to play the piano, learn a new sport (you can join a competitive or non-competitive team at York U), or try painting? Try anything you haven’t tired before and there are plenty of options at York U to choose from.

Help Others – Perhaps try volunteering. York holds a volunteer fair annually. This is a great place to start exploring how you can help others. Check out my blog Interested in Giving Back This Holiday Season?

Get Organized – For school use an agenda. Make to-do lists and cross things off as you tackle them. For rooms that have less space use shelves to organize your space. It has been proven that clutter causes stress so de-clutter to minimize stress. You can also check out my blog post How to Stay Organized in University.

Watch out for my upcoming blogs as I’ll be sharing great adventurous deals around the city that you can enjoy on a student budget without breaking the bank. If you are a new student who just moved to Toronto for school–welcome to Toronto! If you need ideas for New Year’s Eve celebrations–check out the what’s happening in Toronto website.

What is everyone up to on New Year’s Eve and what’s your new year’s resolution? Comment below and let me know. Whichever way you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve…Have a great, happy, and safe new year’s eve everyone! I’ll see you all in the New Year!



Sunera graduated from York University in May, 2016 with an Honours BA in Work and Labour Studies.

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