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Vacation's over. Friends Seth Hinson Chris Currier Michael Davis and David Lovlien Jr. spend time together.

The holiday vacation we all waited for is now coming to an end. Tomorrow the second semester begins and I can honestly say I’m excited.

The first half of my freshman year went by quickly. It was filled with new challenges, opportunities, and friends. The question that looms over all of us college students is, what’s next?

David Lovlien Jr.

David Lovlien Jr.

What are the top three things that will make 2017 a great year for college students?
Number one: Starting fresh with grades. OK, so maybe it wasn’t the best first quarter, but after a month-long break, we still have a half of our freshman year left. That’s good.

The first semester was a way for students to test the rocky waters of college life.

We now know what will be expected from our professors and we can adjust for the better. We can do it.

Number two: Making new friends and having fun. This is the most important part, isn’t it?

Every student is just as nervous as the other about meeting people in school. Trust me, everyone wants friends.

Don’t over-complicate meeting people. It’s much simpler than it may seem. Just reach out. Start up a conversation. Say hi and start talking. The other person is nervous, too.

You don’t have to be alone. Try and get a group to go out together. There are lots of fun things to do – a school basketball game or a club or movie.

Number three: New year, new you. Start fresh. Because 2017 is still young, you have time to shape how it continues. We all have a New Year’s resolution. Just act on it.

Many friends have goals like getting in shape, obtaining better grades, and building healthier relationships. Whatever it may be, you and I both know that you want to complete that resolution ASAP.

It can be difficult, but we need to just get in the zone. Talk to a friend and let him/her be your guardrail throughout your journey. With half of the semester left, let’s really grind it out. Make sure you crush your resolution.

Life is like a movie. Remember, you’re the director.

David Lovlien Jr. is a high honors graduate of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy who is a freshman at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth. David is an active member on the New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Committee and plans to become a lawyer. He writes a regular column, Growing from Granite, for InDepthNH.org.

 

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