New Year’s resolutions not even COVID-19 can stop
December 23, 2020

Resolution #1: Get fit

If the most exercise you’ve gotten this year is moving your laptop to a quieter room for a Zoom call, well, we feel you.

The great news is our Athletics team launched Fitness on Demand this year, which means all our full-time students can try a variety of virtual workout classes – from cardio, to yoga, to muscle training – right from their own home.

Resolution #2: Eat healthier

A cup of hot chocolate and gingerbread cookie sit on a table.

Let us start by saying that, especially during a pandemic, there is no judgment from us on how many cookies or chips you may be eating these days. We’re all doing our best during incredibly challenging circumstances, and that can mean having extra cookies.

But for any students who feel they could use some healthy-eating tips, our Registered Dietician Jennie McCurdy is ready to help.

Connect with Jennie through Georgian’s Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic.

Resolution #3: Travel more

OK, OK, we know the ability to travel right now is far from ideal, but since we have students and staff members from all over the world, you can still learn about different countries without leaving your couch.

To start, try connecting with our Segal International Centre, which hosts Instagram live chats three times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon EST. You don’t have to be an international student to join!

Resolution #4: Be less stressed

A person sits on a yoga mat with their eyes closed and hands together in front of their chest.

For many people, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly stressful, and we know that’s not a simple thing to tackle.

While we’ve been more isolated than normal these days, we want you to know you’re not alone. We’re here for you and have many supports to help you through all your tough days.

For one, Georgian students have access to free, confidential mental-health counselling. To book a virtual counselling appointment, please email studentsuccess@georgiancollege.ca or call 1.877.722.1523.

We also run regular, 10-minute guided mindfulness sessions called GC@3. Join us for a break to recharge: Mindful Mondays from 9 to 9:10 a.m. EST; Well-being Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. EST; and Focus Fridays from 3 to 3:10 p.m. EST.

As well, we offer lots of other mental health and well-being resources and tips, which you can find on our website and student portal.

Resolution #5: Stay in touch more

A person eats lunch at a table while talking to someone on a video call who is also eating lunch.

We know this is another resolution that’s harder to do during a pandemic, but hear us out.

While it may be more difficult, or just impossible, to see people in person these days, there has been a surge in online and video communication. Why not take advantage of that and schedule in regular virtual hangouts with your loved ones? Game nights, movie nights, and chats over coffee are all still doable through computers and smartphones.

If you’re missing the Georgian community (and we know you are!), the Georgian College Students’ Association regularly hosts online events on Facebook and Instagram.

Plus, we host regular Talk to Georgian live chats on Instagram on a range of topics, where we welcome your questions.

Finally, for a dose of inspiration and warm-and-fuzzies, check out our weekly People of Georgian features on social media that showcase the inspiring and unique perspectives of students, alumni, staff and faculty every Friday.

Resolution #6: Save money

A person's hand holds a coin over a piggybank.

Before you click “Add to cart” on that latest online purchase, take a moment to check out these really handy budgeting tips offered by our Financial Aid department.

Save yourself a few extra bucks in 2021.

Resolution #7: Learn something new

Let’s face it, 2020 wasn’t the greatest year. Perhaps it’s time to look 2021 in the eye and say “yes” to some new and rewarding experiences. This will be your year.

If you want to go back to college but don’t know where to start, we can help.

If you’re considering a career change or need help with upgrading your skills, there’s no time like the present.

RSVP for our Virtual Open House on Sat, Jan. 23, and let us help you experience MORE for your future.

At the very least, you can apply for free and be entered to win $5,000 toward tuition – more great ways to save money this year!