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Make Time for Your People

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
    Many New Year’s Resolutions revolve around bettering ourselves – better habits, better diet, better studying, better organization, better money management - all good things. However, this year, I’m choosing to focus on something beyond myself: my people.
    “Many studies…have shown that individuals with rich social networks
    of active social relationships, that do not include people living in the same household,
    tend to be happier with their lives” (Powdthavee 6).

    Basically, it’s a proven fact that happiness can come from spending time with people you love. So here is what I’m proposing for this year:
    Make time for your people. Call your mom, your Katie-2.jpg
    grandma, your siblings. FaceTime your best friend from high school. Text an old roommate and let them know you’re thinking of them. Set up coffee dates, walks in the park, Netflix nights, and spontaneous adventures with your college friends while you still can. So you have class and work from 9 to 5 every day? Eat doughnuts with your pal at 8 am. Watch the sunrise. Get creative! You might be surprised how fulfilling quality time with friends can be, and your family is usually never more than a phone call away. So next time you have a break in your schedule – make time for somebody else.

    And take a picture…they last longer.

    by Katie Kelton, Mays Business School
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    Journal citation: Powdthavee, Nattavudh. "Putting a Price Tag on Friends, Relatives, and Neighbours: Using Surveys of Life Satisfaction to Value Social Relationships." The Journal of Socio-Economics 37.4 (2008): 1459-480. Web.