Mark your words! Students comment on their resolutions

Bre Previdi ‘14
Business Manager


It’s December 31, 2013 and a group of hyped up teenagers crowd around a flat screen television to watch the New Year’s ball drop in Times Square, New York. As the clock strikes 11:59, everyone wonders what the year 2014 will bring. Within the next 60 seconds of the soon-to-be old year, Elise Provost ‘15 sets a resolution for herself to study harder for her tests, and hopes to accomplish it by the end of 2014.
Several people may set resolutions for themselves, and although at times it may seem hard to accomplish, they try their best to maintain their goals throughout the whole year.
“My New Year’s resolution is to study harder for tests, especially math,” Provost said. “My grades are beginning to slip a little bit, and that it very unsatisfying to see. To maintain this resolution, I will successfully finish my homework each day and study for at least one hour the night before a big exam.”
Whether it’s getting into shape, eliminating those unhealthy foods and snacks, or even spending less money here and there, for most people it is hard to keep up on a set goal. Multiple television shows and magazines say that people fail at upholding their resolutions.
“Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75 percent of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46 percent) are still on target six months later, 2002 study found,” said an article in Health magazine.
Whenever a goal is mentally created, the only other thing to make it official is the support from family, friends, and most importantly, one’s self. Having that extra boost of confidence from others may improve the outcome of the goal that much more. Brett Previdi ’16 is ecstatic to have family and friends to assist him with his tasks.
“This past year, my family and I came together and decided we were going to lose weight together,” Previdi said. “It was really hard at first because there were many issues with my relatives, and it was hard to maintain eating healthy every day. After the first couple of months, it got easier to do with the support of family and friends. I do not know what I would do without the people that I have in my life to help me succeed with such a challenging thing.”
All and all, when a new year comes, most people want the past year’s regrets and setbacks to be forgotten. Nobody wants to remember that devastating break up they had in the summer, or the heart breaking time when a family member passed away, or even those irritating little fights with their parents that stuck with them for months. The start of a new year just means that there’s a chance to start over and try new things, or quit some of the things that caused trouble.
If there were one thing anyone could forget about 2013, what would it be? Even if it was the time they wore a cat sweater to school and everyone made fun of it, there is probably something each person wants to forget about on January 1, 2014.
Charlotte Beach, Choir parapro, opens her mind and clears her mental slate for new and interesting things to come in 2014.
“As 2014 approaches, I would like to forget about the days I spent mourning my family members passing away. I will remember and cherish the moments where they were still alive and free-living, but the days they passed away were the most horrible things to get through,” Beach said.
As 2014 quickly approaches, the dreams for the future are being formed, and the forgettable times of the past are slowly fading away. New Year’s resolutions are a fantastic way of turning a simple dream into reality, along with the positive mindset, and the support from family and friends. The thought of a resolution comes from nobody but one’s self, and the only way to make that goal into a real accomplishment is to stick to it, even when times get tough.