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Are You Following Through With Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Time and time again New Year’s resolutions are something that people across the world start but almost never finish each year. Some might have New Year’s resolutions to get in shape or to get more organized in life, while some just want to try and change their outlook on life altogether. I wanted to see […]

Time and time again New Year’s resolutions are something that people across the world start but almost never finish each year. Some might have New Year’s resolutions to get in shape or to get more organized in life, while some just want to try and change their outlook on life altogether. I wanted to see how people at Christian Brothers are making and following through with their resolutions or if they even believe in them at all. 

To my surprise, English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket admitted she loves New Year’s resolutions and has made over 30 resolutions for 2021.

“I love New Year’s Resolutions and I make dozens of them a year. I was literally just looking at my resolutions.” she stated, “I made 35 of them. I won’t bore you with all of those”

She decided to just give me her top three that she’s the most dedicated to: “I resolve to learn Spanish, I resolve to spend more time doing yoga, and I resolve to read 50 books this year.”

It was very clear from the start that Mrs. Wanket felt very passionate about the idea of New Year’s resolutions. She did not shy away from them but rather dove headfirst into anything that she felt would better her life. 

Many CB seniors were planning to make their 2021 better despite not having a full in-person senior year. 

“My New Year’s resolution is to focus on myself and prepare for college”, said Paige Salyer (‘21).  “This year I am going to put forth my efforts into growing and learning more about myself. With college coming up, it’s really important for me to not give up on my classes, so for the remainder of the school year I am going to continue working hard academically”.

Like Paige, Abigail Donovan (‘21) looks at the brighter side of things and isn’t going to let Covid or anything else from 2020 stop her from entering the new year with positivity and good vibes.

“My New Year’s Resolution was to focus more on the positive side of things,” Abigail said. “It’s been hard to not be discouraged after everything that went on in 2020 and everything that covid has ruined, but I tend to focus more on things that I do have and make me happy” 

To keep her new year starting right, however, Abby is trying to take a regular break from her phone.

“I also like to take time away from my phone when all that I see when I turn it on is news about people being racist, riots, and Covid and such.”

Some people on the other hand don’t have to quite worry about college yet and just want to make sure they help others around them. Aman Gupta (‘23) wants to give back to the people around him this year, 

“My New Year’s Resolution was to cook more for my family,” he said. “I have been making breakfast for my brother a lot, and I’m learning how to cook dinner with my mom”

While people like Aman have enough spare time to learn new skills like cooking, others like Samantha Lopez (‘21) can’t seem to find enough time and felt a New Year’s Resolution would help her organize her time. 

“My News Year’s resolution is to start making time to start planning for college and taking the time to see what I have to do in college, so I’m trying to make time on the weekends to start looking at all different majors and what jobs I can get with them.”

While people like Samantha, Aman, Abigail, and Paige are trying to walk into the new year with new habits and goals for the year, others like Kenrick Dawson (‘21) simply don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, as he doesn’t wait until January 1 to plan for success.

“I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because it’s a tradition in which people resolve to change undesired traits or improve their life but I make resolutions every day,” he said. “I try to improve myself every day. I suppose if I made a resolution on New Year’s Day, then I’d technically be a participant, but other than that, it’s just a regular day for me.”

It’s clear that Kenrick isn’t alone though. Many people say they don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because maybe they had one and never followed through or maybe they are just too ambitious to wait a whole year to make changes to their life.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s clear that New Year’s resolutions are something that will always be a part of our society from people young and old. But whether you believe in them or not, New Year’s resolutions are just a way that people try and improve their lives for the better and are something that, when followed through with, can really change someone’s life for the better.

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