New Year’s Resolutions for Graduate Students

New Year’s Resolutions

The following are some popular new year’s resolutions according to To celebrate the new year, the Graduate School has put together some tips that may help you with your new year’s resolutions, whatever they may be, in relation to being a graduate student at UT Austin.

Get Fit

Texercise classesTry a Texercise class for free during free preview week (January 19-25). From yoga to kickboxing, there’s something for everyone. Check out the spring 2010 schedule and start getting fit!

Manage Debt

BevonomicsBevonomics is a money management resource just for longhorns provided by the Office of Student Financial Services. Although the site is geared towards undergraduates and the spring 2010 schedule isn’t available yet, there are some good resources at the bottom of the website that can be applied to graduate students as well.

Save Money

Money is tight as a graduate student and usually entertainment goes by the wayside after tuition, food, and housing expenses. You can still have fun as a graduate student and not break the bank. Here are a couple of money-saving entertainment ideas you can put to use right away:

Free Week Austin – take advantage of no cover charge at several music venues along Red River Street such as Emo’s, The Mohawk, and Stubb’s. Free shows are going on all this week through January 10. Check out the KUT Music Matters blog or specific venues’ websites for more details on bands and show times.Wildflower Center

Free admission to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center throughout January – take a break from your research and get some fresh air by visiting the Wildflower Center for free in January (regularly $7/person).

Get a Better Education

You can check this one off the list if you’re a graduate student at UT Austin. If you’re a prospective student, check out how to apply to UT Austin for graduate study. Some programs are still accepting applications for Fall 2010 enrollment.

Reduce Stress Overall

The Counseling and Mental Health Center offers many resources for students, including a stress management and reduction website called Stress Recess. You can follow their guided program or work through it at your own pace – either way you’re sure to receive some great tips on how to reduce stress.

MassageUT RecSports offers massage services for students. If you’re pressed for time, you can get a 15-minute chair massage for $15. Perhaps you’ve for more time to kill while you’re still on holiday break? In that case, why not get a 90-minute massage for $78 and truly reduce your stress?

Reduce Stress at Work

For those of you who are balancing academics and work, it’s important to reduce stress at work so that it doesn’t impact other areas of your life. Professor Chris McCarthy discusses the psychology of stress in the workplace and offers tips on how to deal with stress.

Take a Trip

Ever wanted to go rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, or white water rafting? If so, then take advantage of affordable adventure trips through UT RecSports. Trips range from one day to ten days and vary in skill level and cost, so check the UT RecSports website for more information.

International StudyIf you didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad in your undergraduate days, consider participating in international study and research. Graduate students can work with their department to get approval to conduct research abroad while still being enrolled at UT.

Volunteer to Help Others

There are many volunteer opportunities around Austin and donating your time is not only rewarding for your community, but also for you as an individual. provides a searchable database of volunteer opportunities – give back today!

What is your new year’s resolution?

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