Matthew Burley

Matthew Burley

Since the beginning of time there’s been art. Since 1994, there’s been Matt Burley. And since 2015, Matt’s been writing about it. Matt’s the Arts and Culture editor at the Sputnik and has been loving it. When he’s not cranking out articles or reviews for the Sputnik, you can probably find him at the plaza or at the other end of the beer pong table.
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Year after year, people try to better themselves by creating immense New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions range in many things: genuineness, accessibility and overall practicality are issues in making a resolution. You have to be able to commit to this crazy idea, so you might as well choose an attainable goal. Treat this article as a guide as to how to bring out the best in your New Year’s resolution.

DO: Get into a healthier lifestyle

Getting into a healthier lifestyle can allow you to feel better about yourself on the inside and out. This can include changing up your diet, cutting out smoking and exercising regularly. A resolution that creates good habits can lead to important lifestyle changes down the road. Playing a new sport, joining your friends at the gym, and trying out a new recipe are great ways to start.

DON’T: Push yourself too hard

Gyms feel the rush just after New Years as people swarm the weights and treadmills trying to fulfill their resolutions. Some people also see this as an opportunity to push their limits. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we at the Sputnik care for your safety and want everyone to be happy and healthy this upcoming year. Remember your limits, Golden Hawks.

DO: Trying your best in school

University is stressful for many students, and it is sometimes difficult to reach all your goals. However, if you were planning on making a resolution based off of your grades, remember that you’ve done your best and to be proud of what you’ve accomplished. Committing to going to class, studying with friends and doing readings are easy ways to keep your grades up.

DON’T: Procrastinate

To many students, procrastination is an art. It is something that takes years to master; but if not done properly, it can ruin your time at university. Taking a look at the syllabus early on in the semester can help keep you updated. Don’t allow old habits to creep into the New Year.

DO: Spend more time with family and friends

Our family and friends are some of the most important people in our lives; they bring us joy (sometimes not so much), wisdom and new experiences. Resolutions based around spending more time with family and friends can be as simple as giving a relative a call or text, going to a party with your friends, or having dinner with your family. The little aspects in life are often forgotten but can bring the biggest smiles.

DON’T: Forget responsibilities

It is important to have fun in life, however, fulfilling your responsibilities is the key to success. If you are able to be responsible with your time and actions, you’re on your way to a fresh start for 2016.

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Since the beginning of time there’s been art. Since 1994, there’s been Matt Burley. And since 2015, Matt’s been writing about it. Matt’s the Arts and Culture editor at the Sputnik and has been loving it. When he’s not cranking out articles or reviews for the Sputnik, you can probably find him at the plaza or at the other end of the beer pong table.