New Year, Maybe New Me?

Czarlyn Trinidad, Staff Member

With every New Year comes the socially obligatory New Year’s resolutions. You’ve probably heard a family member or friend talk about making 2017 their year by setting personal goals such as losing weight, learning another language, or just trying harder in general.

New Year’s resolutions are motivational, however, roughly 9.2% of people who set goals actually feel successful in achieving their goals (statisticbrain.com). Regardless of how big your goal is, sticking to a resolution takes prolonged dedication and determination that most people don’t have time for.

Close to one-fourth of resolutions made involves healthier eating/losing weight. Senior Madison Sauviac is sticking to her goal of getting fit (a resolution she also made last year) by going to the gym routinely and managing her diet; she states, “I hope to have a healthy body.”

Latin teacher Mr. Roussel is also working toward a healthier lifestyle; his goal is to stop drinking coke. He has an interesting method of keeping himself on task: “I wear a wristband to remind myself of my goal.”

The second most popular resolution is life/attitude adjustment. Eighth grader Rebecca Quick’s resolution is to become a better person. She says, “You want to set a good example for the people that look up to you, so they can have a happy life and not have a care for the world.” She doesn’t feel success right now, but she believes that she’ll accomplish her goal by the end of the year.

Senior Lauren Bodino states that her goal is to be a more positive person. She wants to “let things roll of [her] back more easily” by surrounding herself with more positive people. She believes that it’ll be good for transitioning into college with a good outlook on life.

Psychology teacher Mrs. Soldano’s goal is efficiency. By inputting her grades faster, she is accomplishing her goal as of right now.

Besides healthy eating and healthy living, others strive for more a more artistic approach to their resolutions. Sophomore Corinne Hesson’s goal is to enhance her skills in writing and filming. She’s been actively working towards her goal, and she even has a short film “Black Cat” coming out in October at the Indywood Theatre in New Orleans. She hopes that it will be a success and “that it will lead to bigger films with bigger budgets.” Please support her!

Religion teacher Mr. Stevens’s resolution is to integrate more music into his life by trying to find more artists to listen to and rediscovering his old favorites. He’s accomplishing his goal by asking his students for new artists to listen to and by listening to the radio more.

Mr. Stevens is also integrating music into his children’s life by playing music as soon as they get home. When asked about his current success he says, “On a scale of 1-10, I think I’m at a 4, maybe 5”, but he hopes that ideally at the end of the year he’ll find 3-5 more new favorite artists and that his children will be more trusting of his music taste. (If you would like to help him with his resolution, check out this list – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mF7ErTqoHzKiD93xBd9Yom7TfuV22tDFCpFJyoQHLNY/edit and please email him suggestions!)

On average, 2/5 Americans don’t come with up resolutions at all.

I talked to juniors Laura DeHart, Sarah Liang, and Grace Zschiesche to ask if they had any resolutions to which they responded “no.”

Some people don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Reasons for this include believing that their life is fine the way it is, not liking time restraints, and being afraid of failing. When asked about her New Year’s resolution, English teacher Mrs. Jaunet said “I don’t set New Year’s resolutions because it’s setting yourself up for failure.”

Whether or not you believe in New Year’s resolutions, you have to admire the planning and willpower it takes for people trying to change their life within a year.