So You Want to Have a Great Year, Now What?

The new year is a great time to reevaluate your priorities, make lifestyle changes and take steps to become the person you want to be. Here are some tips to help make this your best year yet! 

1. Plan a vacation

The beginning of a new year means endless possibilities, but it can also be a bit daunting. Take some time to plan a vacation this year so you’ll have something to look forward to when you get the winter blues.  

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of hotel, rental car and outdoor equipment discounts. Learn more on our Alumni Benefits webpage. 

2. Reconnect with old friends

How long has it been since you talked to friends from your Pacific years? Too long! Take a moment to reconnect by email, phone or your preferred social media platform. 

The Alumni Association can help you get in touch with people you may have lost contact with. Send us an email with the name of the person you’d like to contact and we’ll reach out to them for you!

3. Meet new people

It’s easy to get comfortable in your own world but meeting new people helps enhance your communication skills, gain new friendships and network contacts, and learn something new! 

Join alumni and friends at an upcoming alumni event in the new year to meet people you already have something in common with! 

4. Make yourself a budget

It’s too easy to get caught up in the holiday season and spend more than you should. There’s no time like the present to take control of your finances by creating a budget. 

Accounting Professor Laura McNally recently taught alumni and friends how to plan a personal budget. Learn more and get a copy of her simple budget spreadsheet to start a budget of your very own

5. Get a check up

When was the last time you saw a doctor for a checkup? Start the new year off confident and healthy with a visit to your physician. 

You can even check out one of Pacific’s many health clinics in the greater Portland area. 

6. Engross yourself in a new book

Reading books can help make you more open-minded and creative, improve your conversational skills, increase your knowledge, and Yale researchers have even found people who read books live longer too! 

Our Alumni Book Club is always looking for a good new read. Join us to discuss books in person at a book club meeting or follow along on Goodreads

7. Start a new hobby

Try out some new hobbies and discover a new passion in the new year. Whether it’s knitting, Ultimate Frisbee, painting, or board gaming, your new hobby can help you recover after a long day and keep your mind (and body) active.

If you want to try your hand at coloring or paper crafting as a new hobby, the Alumni Association has several printable resources to get you started. 

Dec. 19, 2018