By Jessica O’Donnell
“New Year, new me!” These words echo out of the mouths of many people every year on Jan. 1. We make goals for ourselves, whether it’s getting a new job, losing weight, or even trying harder to find the love of our lives. We all set some personal standard to the New Year. While only a small fraction of us end up fulfilling our resolutions, it does not stop us from attempting another one the next year. The problem is that this almost always ends in disappointment.
“To me it’s just more false promises to one’s self, if anything, because people claim to change and three days later they just completely stop doing that and go back to their normal habits,” said Gerard Gilmartin, a senior Digital Arts and Design major.
However, others disagree. Hannah Leigh Van Ronk, a sophomore Art Therapy major, thinks that they are not so lost. “People don’t necessarily need a new year to change a bad habit, or lose weight, but it provides a hope for them and I think resolutions are a good thing. Whether a person sticks to them or not, it’s always nice to try and create a goal for oneself.”
Personally, the biggest problem with my resolutions is that I set my standards too high. After weeks of eating unhealthily and drinking soda every day, I expect myself to swear off sweets and run five miles every day. In order to succeed in our New Year’s resolutions, we need to stop making them “New Year’s” resolutions. Instead, we need them to just be lifestyle changes. We need to stop hiding behind the idea of a new year because that will keep us procrastinating with our changes until the following year. As Amanda Lewis, a freshman Psychology major, stated, “New Year’s should not be the reason you all of the sudden decide to change your life with a resolution. If you wouldn’t do it any other day, what makes you think you’ll do it because you promised yourself on New Year’s Day?”
New Year’s resolutions are always going to be something people aspire to complete. Personally, I am still working on that 4.0 GPA. However, until we have the mental ability to completely turn our lives around in just one day, we need to strive for the change all year long. Every day is a new day; a new year isn’t what is needed to change, but a new mindset is.