2017: New Year, New You

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With the coming of the New Year and the calendar refreshing, people are given the opportunity of a fresh start and a clean slate. With this new beginning comes a time of evaluating your last year’s self, creating goals and making changes to make the New Year the best yet.

New Year’s resolutions usually maintain a bad reputation. Typically by Jan. 7 these resolutions are long gone and everyone is back to being their normal mediocre selves, the same they were last year. “I have never fulfilled a New Year’s Resolution I have made in the past,” Faculty Fellow, Claire Coward said, “One year I resolved to never look in the mirror, but I missed myself too much after two hours.”

I feel like most of us can relate to Coward’s struggle in sticking with our resolutions. We all pledge to work out every day and eat healthy to have that rockin’ spring break bod. For most of us, well for me at least, that has never fully worked out. Be honest with yourself, when you are given the opportunity to eat a free donut, you will, the cravings just take over. After all, one donut can’t hurt, right?

On the other hand, there are always those over-achievers who stick with their resolutions and make everyone else envious. Senior Eric Panther is one of those.

Panther said, “One of my New Year’s Resolutions last year was to be more fit and motivated. That summer and throughout this school year I woke up at 5:23 every morning working out, and in addition to three sports, to try and be fit and active as I transition into college.” Many of us wish we could be like Eric, determined and persistent on achieving our goal. But, sadly we often fall short.

Throughout the high school many students have made ambitious New Year’s Resolutions. Freshman Bryn Alecxih said, “My New Year’s Resolutions this year are to eat healthier, work harder in school and stay in shape.”

Freshman Holden Wilder said, “My New Year’s resolution is too chill out more and stop being so stressed.”

There are also a few teachers who have made Resolutions this year. Biology and Anatomy teacher, Ms. Trotter said, “My New Year’s Resolution is to write a letter every day to an old friend, family member, faculty member or student.  That’s 365 letters…. I better get my stationary ready!”

Coward said, “[My New Year’s Resolutions are to] save money from wasting away in my pocket, spend less time on my phone and drink more water than my kitten, Richard.”

With the New Year comes new beginnings and New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to improve yourself in the upcoming year. Whether you are pledging to eat healthier, drink more water or just be a happier person, we all fall into the same boat. The goal of making these resolutions is to better yourself and your quality of life. The opportunity to have a complete fresh start, including the start of a new calendar, comes once a year. It is a New Year, which means a new you and a new opportunity to make yourself the best you, you can be.

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