New year, new resolutions


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With the new year fast approaching, what will your resolutions be?

New year’s resolutions can be anything from joining a new club to reading a new book. People don’t just make resolutions for themselves, they also make them for loved ones, people in need and friends.

This past year I was able to read two books in my free time, so for 2021 I want to finish at least four books.

— Isiah Kuiper

One thing people think about when they decide on their New Year’s resolution is something from the past year they can improve upon. “This past year I was able to read two books in my free time, so for 2021 I want to finish at least four books,” freshman Isiah Kuiper said.

Another concern people think about when they are deciding on a resolution is what they were too lazy to do in the past year. People often set out to do new stuff and end up forgetting about it or saying “I’ll do it next week,” but then they never do it. “Last year I said I was going to run more, which I did but not nearly as much as I would have hoped to have run,” sophomore Brooke Pitt said.

Just like Pitt’s resolution to run more, working out more is a common resolution. While some people do stick with their goal to get more exercise, the majority of people exercise at the beginning of January and then give up on their resolution. “I went into the gym on Jan. 1 and it was so crowded but then I went in a few days later and I had the whole place to myself,” junior Sam Gross said.

Common among New Year’s resolutions are fixing bad habits that you might have. “When I was younger I would bite my nails all the time and I would always tell myself to stop but I just couldn’t, so then my dad would cut them so short so I never was able to, sophomore Alexander Negussie said.

Spending less money and saving more is a realistic and achievable resolution. This probably is not the most common among high school students, but it would be beneficial for everyone to try. “I love buying the latest and greatest products, but I know that I can’t always get them because it’s too much money,” senior Jordyn Delo said.

In a University of Bristol report, 88% of 3,000 students failed their New Year’s resolutions. The report went on to say that these students either forgot, had unrealistic expectations, or didn’t keep track of their resolutions. “Every year I say I’m going to do something for the following year, but every time I just forget about it,” freshman Sivan Gill said.