9+ Ways MSUM Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

If you’re one of the millions of people who make New Year’s resolutions, you also probably know that it’s often extremely difficult to keep momentum on the path toward change. Thankfully, MSUM has many resources that can help you transform your life for the better. Here’s a list of common New Year’s resolutions and the MSUM resources that can help you stay on track.

Eat healthier
In a world where food is literally only a tap away, it’s easy to choose foods that aren’t the best for our health. Thankfully, MSUM has many healthy options right here on campus. Kise Commons serves seven types of cuisine, including a salad bar filled with tons of fresh options that are both healthy and delicious.

Exercise more
It’s easy to get out and get moving during the summer months, but winter in the Midwest isn’t so forgiving. Instead, head to the Russell & Ann Gerdin Wellness Center. A membership is already included in your student fees, so there’s no reason not to make use of it. Grab and friend and join a group fitness class, climb to new heights at the rock wall or make use of the dozens of weightlifting equipment and cardio machines.

Spend less, save more
As part of your student fees, you access to a ton of great resources and incentives! From being able to ride MATBUS for free to access to hundreds of events each semester—including theatre, art and music performances—there’s no shortage of activities available to you. All it takes is the swipe of your student ID.

Focus on self-care
Life gets busy. Make sure you take some time to slow down and unwind. Hit up the Wellness Center massage chair or grab a good book at the Livingston Lord Library. There are thousands of books and dozens of nooks to cozy up in and get lost within the pages. Speaking of books…

Read more
You probably already read a great deal, whether it’s researching for your Student Academic Conference presentation or thesis. Take a moment to read something purely because you want to! Check out an online article or peruse the stacks in the Livingston Lord Library.

Make new friends
Putting yourself out there can be unnerving, but it’s almost always worth it. An easy way to build your friend group is to join a student organization. MSUM has more than 110 student organizations, so chances are you’ll find at least one that appeals to your interests.

Learn a new skill
Bolster your skill set and resume with free tutorials from! As an MSUM student or employee, you get free, 24-hour access to nearly 70,000 video tutorials on more than 630 topics. Find in-depth training on the latest software, tools and techniques for your coursework; brush up on presentation skills or learn something new! Visit MSUM’s login page to begin your learning journey.

Get a (new) job
Maybe you didn’t work your first semester so you could get into a routine away from home. Maybe you’re looking for a change of pace. The Career Development Center (CDC) provides support and guidance as you discover your passion, whatever it may be! The MSUM CDC hosts events to help you prepare for the post-college workforce, brings employers to campus, reviews resumes and cover letters, helps with internship and job searches, and so much more! You can also check out DragonJobs—a platform that connects you with employers by sharing job postings and internship listings.

Travel more
MSUM can help you discover more of the world this year. If you’re looking to travel within the United States, consider National Student Exchange. Spend a semester or full academic year at any number of colleges or universities in the U.S. MSUM students have skied on Montana’s Rocky Mountains, sunned themselves in Hawaii and explored the glaciers of Alaska. If you’re looking to travel even further, check out the numerous study abroad opportunities, including international exchange programs, Eurospring and faculty-led courses.

So, what’s your New Year’s resolution this year, Dragons? Tell us on social media. Tag @MSUMoorhead on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use #myMSUMstory.