It’s coming up to that time of the year again. We’ve all over-indulged over the Christmas period, we’re reflecting on the year just gone, and we’re ready to become bigger and better people than our 2017 selves. So to help you along with your resolution writing, we’ve made a list of the things you can do to make 2018 your year (or at least a better one than the last).
1. Try something new. There are sooo many great places to go in Liverpool, and not everything costs heaps of money. Have you experienced the magical sounds of a Philharmonic orchestra filling an incredible art deco hall? Have you marched around Liverpool to celebrate and support LGBT+ culture and pride? Have you taken part in a ceilidh with hundreds of people you’ve never met before in the glorious St. George’s Hall? Or come along to one of our SO City Socials in the new semester – we’ll be posting new events soon! There are some mad, amazing events and things to do in this city so make a pact this year to get out there and try them.
2. Focus on your mental & physical wellbeing. Uni life is stressful… exams + social life + assignments + being away from home + having no money = tough times! Make sure you prioritise your health and happiness in 2018 by working out what things help you to de-stress; this could be exercising regularly at your Lifestyles gym, getting fresh air each week by running/walking your local Saturday morning Park Run, learning mindfulness exercises with the help of your Student Advice and Wellbeing Team or finding inner peace exploring the artwork at galleries such as Tate Liverpool or the Bluecoat. Whatever works for you, practise it, prioritise it, and stick with it!
3. Volunteer. It’s sometimes hard whilst at uni to support charities and causes you’d like to when you’re on a budget. Volunteering is a great alternative so you can make an impact on other people’s lives and your local community, feel good about yourself, and not to mention gain vital experience to put on your CV. LJMU provides plenty of opportunities for students to link up with local companies and charities, so have a little look on their page for things you could do in 2018.
4. Set yourself a fitness goal. Is this your year to sign up for a 5k? A 10k? A half marathon? A full one?! Or if running isn’t for you, what about climbing a mountain, or doing the National Three Peaks Challenge or walking a marathon at the London Moonwalk? OR even make your own goal… spin class once a week for a month? Achieve it and you’ll feel fantastic.
5. Travel more. University is a great time to go and explore new places. You can do this over one of your long summers, or as part of your studies, and often there is LJMU funding to do so! Have a look on the Go Abroad team’s webpage to find out more about the Go Global fund, the China Internship Programme, the Smaller Earth partnership and studying at a European or American university. If that all seems a bit overwhelming, go and get on a train and explore the wonderful United Kingdom! If you book far enough in advance, you can get a £15 return train ticket (with a railcard) to Windermere in the Lake District, and a return to London Euston for just over £20 too. Just make sure you book in advance.
6. Take up a new hobby. This could be absolutely anything, and the Liverpool Students’ Union have plenty of clubs and societies which could help you try a new skill which you completely fall in love with. Otherwise, why not try a wacky class at Lifestyles? We’re particularly intrigued by Boogie Bounce Xtreme classes, in which you complete an exercise programme on a mini trampoline along to chart-topping music. Or Aqua Running which we have heard is one of the most amazing things for fat loss. Have a browse through Lifestyles class pages to find something for you.
7. Appreciate where you live. It’s a given that Liverpool is an amazing place to live, and whilst you could stay long after uni, your Student Opps Team are advocates for making the most of your time here whilst you can! Have a look at our Liverpool List of things to do in the city before you graduate and make as many memories as you can in the places you love.