New Year, New Mindset
The same old saying of "New Year, New You" really is one of my
least favorite sayings. Instead, I like to think of it as a new
year, new mindset.
Every year we create goals and ambitions for the
start of the semester, and as life gets a little chaotic, we tend
to forget those goals or think they are unreachable. So instead of
trying to change who I am and my life style, I decided I am going
to change my mindset.
I’ve set out to have a more positive outlook on life, and
instead of adding more things to my plate (as a veterinary student,
that is a lot), I’m going to focus on how to rearrange the plate to
make it less full.
By being more positive and looking at the silver lining, I hope
my life can be more focused on the “what can I do to make it
better” versus the “this day really stunk.”
In order to do this, there are apps that send me daily
affirmations and positivity quotes to start my week. The positivity
train doesn’t stop there—I have decided I will try to pass it on to
my classmates or fellow colleagues, because you never know who
truly needs that small reminder that everything is going to be
As veterinary students, our plates are filled with more
activities than a normal student, so the question becomes how do
you balance it all without getting rid of some things?
Well, that is where the thought of rearranging comes into play;
sometimes you have to get rid of things that may not be of use or
benefit to you in order to allot more space to things that are
If getting rid of that activity is not your style, I encourage
you to look at your time as a puzzle and all of the activities are
pieces. Each week may be a different puzzle, and each activity may
be a different size, but that is a slightly different mindset than
just piling up activities.
With the New Year and new semester, I encourage all students and
faculty to think about instead of changing you, change the mindset
around you and your life.
Be more positive about the small victories that happen
throughout the day, versus focusing on the small mishaps. Spread
the good energy from classmate to classmate or friends to family
because you never know who needs it. Change the way you look at a
busy schedule by focusing on what makes you happy and getting rid
of things that are just extra. Piece it together like a puzzle
rather than a pile of responsibilities in order to create so more
Welcome to the New Year, and go for that goal!