If you haven't already guessed from the name from the blog, I like growth. And sometimes we need a little push to get us excited and motivated to make that growth. And you know what? A new school year is exactly that. Whether you're heading into a new school, maybe your first year of college, or if you're headed back to a familiar place, where you already have friends you're excited to see again, it's good to goals so that you can grow and make this year your best yet.

Why You NEED New School Year Resolutions

They encourage positivity when going back to school.

Surprise, New Year isn't the only time that you can make goals. Heading into a new school year, I believe that new school year resolutions can help you go back to school with more positivity. Instead of being stuck in the mindset of "I can't believe I'm back at school," mourning the summer, you're thinking about all of the new possibilities of a new school year. Setting goals can make you more excited about the future, which will get you in a positive mindset in a time that can otherwise be sad.

They push you to do more.

Whether it's academic achievement by increasing your grades or whether it's pushing you to get a little bit more out there socially in order to meet new friends, having goals in place can push you do to things that might be a little bit out of your comfort zone or might be a bit more difficult to achieve.

They can be reinforced by New Year's.

The big problem with New Year's resolutions is that they're created once and then never reinforced. There's no checkpoint in order for you to make sure that you're on track. By making new school year resolutions, by the time that January rolls around, you're already half-way into the school year, which is a PERFECT time to revisit your new school year resolutions, like a checkpoint to remind you of your goals and maybe even revise your approach to your goals.

Related: Huffington Post - Why to Make New Year's Resolutions in the Fall

They encourage you to put in more effort in school.

I know that for some people, the beginning of the year is the time that they're most motivated, but for me personally, I'm a mess at the beginning of the school year. Still in summer-mode, I am the most forgetful for assignments and just can't seem to put in my full effort, since I'm mourning the summer. New school year resolutions gives you goals that you can aim for, which encourages you to put in your all when the new school year rolls around.

So now, how can you make these new school year resolutions?

When making goals, in order to make them stick, it's good to make SMART goals. While the acronym may sound a little tacky, it works, trust me.

Make goals "SMART" by making them:
What you said! I asked on Twitter to vote for
what you want to change/improve
in the new school year!
Time Bound

This means that you want to avoid vague goals, such as "Improve my grades" and give a deadline, a reasonable outcome that you want to attain, a measurement in how much you want to improve by, and maybe a specification such as which subject you want to improve your grades in.

I asked on Twitter for some of you to vote on what you want to change/improve in the upcoming school year that can be a great jumping-off point for your resolutions. While I have listed four potential resolutions that you can specify based on your own ambitions and circumstances, there's no need to limit yourself to what I have mentioned. The possibilities are endless!

Feel free to use these listed resolutions that I've come up with, but specify them based on what you want to achieve this school year and also whatever is most relevant and reasonable in your life.

Happy resolution-making! Let's make this school year our best yet!

What are some of your new school year resolutions?

Why You NEED New School Year Resolutions


  1. I totally agree with this!! Making goals for the upcoming school year is key to your personal growth each year. It's so important to create goals for yourself that aren't just lofty dream-like ideas but more like a long-term to do list. You can achieve so much more during the school year when you have a direction of growth in mind. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to create your goals!

    Lots of Love, Lola | macaronsinthemorning.com

    1. Hope that these tips help you out!
      Rebecca xx

  2. Rebecca, I totally agree about making goals & resolutions. I do it whenever I start something new to keep myself on track and identify what I want to gain/accomplish.
    xx, Lauren | http://misslaurenalston.com

    1. Hope it works for you! May all your goals become reality!
      Rebecca xx