BY Erica Condon
Perspectives Co- Editor
As 2019 approached, you made a vow to break your old habits and adopt new ones. Whether these self-made changes were minor or not, as most people do, you planned to start the new year on the right foot. A month into the new year, are you still sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?
For junior Nina Catanzaro, she wanted 2019 to be filled with new experiences and adventures.
“My New Year’s resolution was to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things. Specifically I wanted to try new recipes, travel to new places, and be open to new things. The goal I am most excited about is to learn all of my mom and nonna’s recipes so that I can cook all of my favorite things while I’m away at school,” said Catanzaro.
Although most students make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of bettering themselves, some students find that new resolutions are not always easy to stay true to.
“Recently I have noticed that I care too much about a lot of the little things in life that will not really matter five years from now. So this new year, I am trying my best to just do things that will benefit me and that will also make my heart happy,” said junior Sidney Choothesa. “So far, it has been pretty hard because my friends at school are everything to me and I am really involved and always going, so I do not have the time to take care of myself.”
Additionally, junior Veronica Guyer is realizing that time is an issue standing in between her and her New Year’s resolution.
“My resolution was to read a new book every month, I thought it would be easier because I really wanted to make time for reading again but I just don’t have time with school and work right now,” said Guyer.
Whether or not students follow through with their New Year’s resolutions, many students still learn valuable lessons from them.
“I think resolutions are beneficial, every year I write a bunch of resolutions out in order from most important to least, and I usually stick to most of them. Some resolutions are meant to develop over time but I think the only time resolutions are not beneficial is when people make them unrealistic,” said Guyer.
“I don’t really make resolutions for myself, instead I just try to make simple changes that can really help me get to bigger ones in the future. I won’t always see changes right away until I have consistency but each day I noticed changes. Sometimes these changes are small ones, but change is change,” said junior Maeve Lydon.
Sophomore Carlos Ruiz made some changes for himself in the new year. But personally, he does not like to label these changes as resolutions.
“I usually don’t make any resolutions because I can never keep them. But one thing I do know is that I have told myself that I wanted to go to the gym more and for the most part I have been trying to go six days a week. I have been doing pretty well so while it’s not my actual ‘resolution’ it definitely is something I want to continue for 2019,” said Ruiz.
Junior Megan Jacques is using the help and motivation from her friends to fulfill her New Year’s resolution.
“My New Year’s resolution was to go to the gym more, even though it has been hard I have been able to stick to it because I always go to the gym with at least one of my friends,” said Jacques.
Resolution or no resolution, many students continually try to make positive changes for themselves.
“I did not make a New Year’s resolution this year. I feel like whenever myself or someone says they are going to make changes for the new year they do it for about a week and then stop. Instead I try to better myself each day with small changes, this way I do not fail myself or set expectations that are too high,” said junior Matt Wielk.