“Three, two, one… Happy New Year’s!” Drinks clank, couples kiss and crowds cheer across the globe as the clock strikes 12 on Jan. 1.
The next morning, the pride, happiness and celebratory attitude of the previous night have begun to retreat as people of all ages wake up, only to realize that they must now work to make the upcoming year better than the past one.
The question on billions of people’s minds on the morning of the first day of the calendar year lingers: Will I follow through with any of my New Year’s Resolutions for 365 days straight? The initial thought is yes, but as the year goes by people begin to slack. Slack so much that they continuously set themselves the same resolutions every single year.
Our school is known for its hard-working academics and multi-talented students, but being able to follow through on our resolutions may not be one of our strong points. Junior JR Dedicatoria recognizes that he has not had a great track record with fulfilling his New Year’s resolutions. “When it comes to resolutions, I’m lazy and have other priorities,” Dedicatoria said.
Although not completely successful, freshman James Mina has been more constantly involved in completing his resolution goals over the course of the year. “I usually do them for a little while, then forget, but later in the year I remember them,” Mina said.
This past year, Dedicatoria and Mina have made resolutions related to participating in extracurricular activities, while freshman Laura See made a resolution to go to the gym more often during the year. She stated that while she was successful during the winter months earlier in the year, she abandoned the habit over the summer. “I didn’t follow up on going to the gym because I lost my motivation toward the middle of the year,” See said.
As one year wraps up and another will shortly begin, students may want to think of what they want to accomplish in the upcoming year. In his second year of participating with distance running on the track team, Dedicatoria is determined to make significant improvements to his performance. “I want to be faster than my friend Debu and improve my track times,” Dedicatoria said.
While Dedicatoria could be vigorously training on the track in the next month or so, See hopes she will be finishing all her homework as she progresses in her high school career. “My resolution is to do my homework right when I get home from school every night,” See said.
Taking a new approach as well for the new year, Mina claims he will try to play video games less so he can focus on making room for more productivity in his life. “I think this is important because it can help you to be a better person and improve yourself,” Mina said.
When the clock strikes 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, students will have a choice to make. A decision must be made whether they want to take steps to make their resolutions reality or leave the future up to chance. Whatever they choose, with any luck, they can all make 2018 the greatest year yet.