5 Top New Year’s Resolutions for High School Students


The end of 2017 is upon us, and now is a great time to reflect on everything you’ve achieved over the past 12 months. It’s also a great time to think about what you’d like to achieve in 2018, and many of us like to think about our New Year’s Resolutions.


A New Year’s Resolution is something you resolve to do differently over the coming 12 months


As it’s technically not a ‘thing’ – nobody will enforce it, and you won’t be held accountable – what you make for your New Year’s Resolution is entirely up to you.


It could be anything at all, from eating less chocolate, to learning the violin, or running an ultramarathon. It could even be as simple as resolving to be kinder to your siblings.


Check out our Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions Ideas for Students:


  1. “I resolve to take better care of myself”

Self-explanatory. Get more sleep, eat more vegetables, try to do some exercise and be kind to yourself.

Benefits – you’ll feel better, which is always nice, plus when you’re feeling healthy and happy you’re more likely to do well in all aspects of your life. Which will set you up for a brighter life post-school.


You’ll find some great tips here – Health Direct


  1. “I resolve to try harder at school”

Deciding you want to put more effort in is a great idea. To make your resolution more achievable, try breaking it down a bit – “I resolve to stop failing my maths tests”, or “I resolve to achieve above average marks in every subject”.

Benefits – verbally committing to trying harder can be a great incentive. It’ll keep you on track, and give you something to work towards. Plus, hopefully you’ll get better marks.


Need inspiration? Read up about Bana Alabed or Malala.


  1. “I resolve to not take on too much”

My mum used to tell me to not bite off more than I can chew. This is the same thing.

You’re already studying, and possibly working. Hopefully you’re also playing sport, staying fit, enjoying some extra-curricular’s and maintaining a social life. So, in 2018 resolve not to put yourself under too much pressure.

Benefits – you’ll feel happier and healthier. Trying to do too much at once usually ends in some form of disaster, so look after yourself and learn to say no from time to time.


Here’s an article aimed at people working in advertising and PR, but the tips are relevant for you as well – 10 Ways to Deal With Burnout


  1. “I resolve to try something new each month”

Trying new things is the way we learn what’s right for us. Now’s your time to try just about everything on offer – if you don’t like it, you only have to do it once – so enrol in new sports, take classes, volunteer, and grab opportunities that come your way.

Benefits – trying new stuff is fun. Just ask any adventurer. You can build your resume at the same time; just don’t forget to add things as you do them.


  1. “I resolve to think positively”

Banish doubt. It’ll only hold you back. At this stage in life you can literally do or be anything you want if you work hard enough. Yes, you actually have to do the work and put in the hours, but thinking positively can change your life. So stop telling yourself you’re not good enough.

Benefits – once again, you’ll feel better. Some of the world’s most successful people harness the power of positive thoughts, so learn their habits and turn your life around.



Did you know that Elon Musk got his ‘Big Start’ at the age of 12?

He’d taught himself how to program and sold his first computer game for $500. He worked hard, thought positively, looked after himself and tried lots of new things.


If you’re ready to start 2018 with a bang, start thinking about your resolution as soon as school finishes. Who knows where you could be in 12 months time…

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