“New Year, New Me”

How many times have you heard that?

For me, I hear it every year, but have never put it into practice. 2019 has finally come, and it’s time to, once again, make more new years resolutions that we may not keep.

But, how about making 2019 a little different? Here are some resolutions for the new year that will most definitely freshen up your 2019!

Tip 1: Learn something new

guitarWhat about learning how to play a guitar?

As ambiguous and time-consuming that may sound, learning something new will really freshen up your life. You could learn a new language, or a sport, or maybe an instrument. You could learn it from friends, or learn it by yourself! There are so many benefits to learning a new skill, long-term and short-term. It also reduces stress from school and CCA, and may even benefit you in your future schools or careers.Who knows, you may even find your new passion!

Tip 2: Exercise


Build some muscle!

I’m sure many of you don’t think that exercise is important and will try to skip this tip, but hold on for a moment and let me tell you why exercise can help with your school life too! Getting exercise has mood-enhancing and anxiety-preventing qualities, and recent studies reveal that people who exercise more are more readily equipped to deal with the stresses and anxieties of everyday life. It’s also a great way to hit the reset after a particularly stressful day or week. Sweat it out instead of stressing over it !

Tip 3: Take more breaks

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Of course, this doesn’t mean taking a break for the whole day,but try taking a break every 50-90 minutes to stay on schedule, for about 10-20 minutes. Studies show that this length of break is the most effective at keeping you on task, more so than trying to work through without taking any breaks at all. Taking care of yourself is the most important step towards self-help and happiness after all!

Tip 4:  Study smart

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Check out my personalised notebook!

Instead of cramming everything into your head the day before the exams, why not start studying now? Try out some new learning techniques this year so that by the end of the year, you’ll know which one is best for you. Also, try to review your new information the day you get it! It’s more effective to study multiple subjects each day, than to deep-dive into one or two subjects, so spread out your workload ! Also, make sure you organise all your notes well! In need of a notebook?

SNCF has got you covered! SNCF will be going around to selected secondary schools for giveaway! They are giving out personalised notebooks for you to pen out your note! So keep calm and just take one notebook from when you get the chance! Share with others about this! Help not just yourself, but others too!

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Tip 5: Make life fresh for others!

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This may sound ambitious, but how about making something that will benefit others too! Maybe suggesting a new club or CCA to the school board, maybe you’ll be helping students who are too afraid to speak out! Don’t know what to suggest? How about asking the school board to establish a Coop Club in your school? Coop Club promotes the co-operative’s principles of self-help and mutual help, and will allow students who are interested in entrepreneurship to partake in enterprising or fundraising activities in Singapore! You’ll even be given opportunities to get some VIA points (depends on school’s policy), doesn’t that sound fresh?


Tip 6: Be open

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The last, and most important tip, is to be open. 2019 is a whole new year, and none of us know what it’s going to throw at us. Be open to all the opportunities that come your way, no matter how daunting and challenging they may be. Whether it be new friend, new subjects or new CCAs, take the opportunity, improve yourself, help others and you’ll start to see your life becoming even more meaningful

Hopefully, these tips bring new meaning to the phrase “New Year, New Me.” Many times we make resolutions that we don’t intend to keep, but i can guarantee that if you follow these tips, you’ll realise that these resolutions are worth keeping. In 2019, be the you that you want to be!

AnyaThis article was brought to you by Anya Elizabeth Fernandez Lee. A Secondary Four student who is pursuing her secondary school education at CHIJ Katong Convent. She was a student intern in SNCF, Campus and Youth team from 12 November to 16 November 2018. She enjoys singing and reading.