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Ten tips on how to make the most of 2018

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As 2018 approaches, our writers offer some advice on how to make the most out of the new year.

There's always a lot of pressure around New Year. We are encouraged to think about the best and worst moments of the last year and come up with resolutions on how to make the next year better.

Often we don't know what resolutions to make, or else we are too ambitious and set ourselves up for failure. 

Below our writers have reflected on their own year and the experiences they have had, in order to give you their best advice on how to realistically improve yourself and make the most of the upcoming year.

Kitty Lee:

“Productivity is difficult in the winter months, especially after eating your weight in turkey. Think about what you would like to achieve in the next year whether that be completing a project, visiting a particular place or getting a new job. Then, set yourself little targets that will help you get there and tick them off throughout the year.”

Katie Treharne:

“Above everything else, work on improving your relationship with yourself. People will come and go, but you're always going to have to spend time with yourself. The moment you feel your happiness depends entirely on someone else, take a break from them.”

Liam Taft:

“Prepare yourself for the future. As terrifying as leaving university and finding a job may be, taking the first steps to get the career you want will boost your confidence massively. Don’t overwork yourself, but placing those first paving stones can be very rewarding.”

Maryam Nassif:

“This quote is so important to me, especially as a student in London coming from such a different background. I feel like it was a crucial step for me to challenge myself mentally, physically and emotionally in order to love myself and know who I was in a new culture. It’s important to remember where you come from, but it’s as important to be able to learn new things and change old habits.”

Anneka Honeyball:

“In the words of Yoda, "the greatest teacher, failure is". With New Year's resolutions and the desire to better yourself with a fresh start in 2018, it's important to remember that you are not infallible - and that failure of any kind isn't the be all and end all. It's a part of life. Don't beat yourself up if something doesn't go the way you planned it this year - step back and take stock of the situation. Always put your wellbeing first, learn from your mistakes and move forward in a way that suits you.”

Carly Coren:

“Always look forward, not backwards!”

Ben Mercer:

“Think critically. Believe less of what you read in the Guardian and the Independent (they damage your brain). Ask whether what you're told, of politics and the personal, is really true. Learn about the EU, what it really is and does and thinks. Ask whether it's truly worth defending. Be political, and dispense with the stupid notion that the world would be better if we all agreed with each other. Listen to your opponents, they'll teach you more than your allies.”

Hailey Samudio:

“My best advice would be to not set yourself up for failure; make sure you are making realistic goals. You're bound to fail sometimes though, so when you do, know its just part of the learning process.”

Robert Pratley:

“If you ever stop and think why do I bother: remember if you don't, someone else will take the rewards.”

Katie Henry:

"No matter what, always see the best in each situation because you will make it all so much easier. The best way to start your day is to put on your favourite song and pretend it's the opening of the movie about you, and a few scenes later your adventure will begin."

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