Many college students spent their winter break with friends and family, and are returning to campus more committed and energized. But far too many others are not.

For these students, winter break exacerbates doubts about the school they selected and highlights their frustration with college. This is particularly true of first-year students, as half of all students who drop out do so within their first year. Many of the students who are not succeeding may already be contemplating taking a break from college. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who take a temporary break join the 43 percent of students who begin a bachelor program, yet never graduate.

Academic ability, while important, is only part of the picture when it comes to being successful in college. Jasmine Stirling, chief marketing officer at InsideTrack, which offers technology-enabled student coaching services, suggests five resolutions to help any college student be more successful.

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