By Gina D’Amico
What does New Year’s mean to you? Have you set a New Year’s Resolution?
At the beginning of each new year it is often common that people make resolutions or ambitions for themselves to achieve within the year.
“This year, I wanted to set a resolution for myself and finally stick with it,” said sophomore Rachel Ward. “In the previous years, I never followed through with my New Year’s Resolution. I really want to try and push myself in getting straight A’s, go to the gym six times a week, and stick to a much healthier diet.”
Although resolutions can be a positive guide for students’ lives, many people admit to having difficulty with sticking to them. 41% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions and only 9.2% of people felt that they were successful in achieving their resolution in 2017, according to a study done by StatisticBrain.com.
Although some individuals think New Year’s Resolutions are valuable, Sophomore Erica Condon thinks that New Year’s Resolutions are overrated.
“To me, New Year’s Resolutions are sort of cliché,” said Condon. “Many people set resolutions for themselves that they end up forgetting about in a couple weeks. I think that instead we should constantly be setting small goals for ourselves throughout our lives, instead of just once a year. Setting small, achievable goals for yourself is more realistic and more rewarding.”
Three of the top New Year Resolutions for 2017 were losing weight/eating healthier, life/self-improvements, and better financial decisions reported by BusinessStatic.com.
Although, these resolutions are some of the most common, there are other resolutions that people set for themselves that are much more diverse.
“I never set just a generic goal for myself, I want to challenge myself to be the best version of me,” said Junior Kendall Maylor. “This year I noticed that social media has consumed a lot of my time. My New Year’s resolution this year is to spend less time on social media and strengthen my friendships and connections face to face, instead of over the phone. This is a resolution I have never made for myself and I am excited to pursue it to the best of my abilities and see where this year takes me.”
Sophomore Andrew Coleman argues that New Year’s Resolutions are not useful, nor realistic.
“I do not have New Year’s Resolutions,” said Coleman. “I set goals for myself every New Year. I think that overtime people often have tendencies to forget about the resolution they made in the beginning of the year.”
Furthermore, some believe that accomplishing a resolution or goal depends on the amount of self-motivation you have within yourself to succeed.
Freshman Bianca Valenti acknowledged the struggle she has sticking to a new lifestyle change.
“I do believe that self-motivation plays a large role in sticking with your New Year resolution goals,” said Valenti. “I personally set a goal to go to the gym more often. However, I feel myself lose motivation usually after a week or so just because things get in the way, such as school, work, or being tired from staying up late.”
Students have argued that New Year’s Resolutions can be cliché, or unrealistic. However, one student who admires and looks forward to setting a New Year’s Resolution is Sophomore Nicole Mucciarone.
“I personally love setting new resolutions every year for myself,” said Mucciarone. “Setting resolutions for myself helps me become successful in the goals I want to achieve.”
Whether you love New Year’s Resolutions or not, when the calendar switches changes to Jan. 1st, one thing everyone can say is “Happy New Year.”