“New Year, New Me”

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Mary Ellen Mack and Sophie Furlow 2016 was a year full of highs and lows, but also many “meh” moments. As we have now entered 2017, waves of “new year, new me” resolutions have appeared. The media has portrayed the new year filled with the typical aspirations to exercise more, be adventurous, and be organized. The first day of school was filled with cheesy lines such as “I haven’t analyzed the nuances in a passage since last year” or “I haven’t done a proof since last year.” It was also filled of talk about how people were progressing in the new year, such as starting a planner or cleaning out their backpack. Out of the 35 people who responded to our survey, approximately 57% said that they did not make any resolutions for 2017. “I always forget to make them or forget about them, unfortunately,” said sophomore Anna Wolf. But for those who set resolutions, these new expectations are extremely important and meaningful. Why do people have such a hard time following through with their New Year’s resolutions? Many people set high expectations for themselves to improve their lifestyle in some way, only to end the year with the same goals as the last. Natalie Wexler avoids the cycle by “making a revolution every year that is somewhat easy to stick with.” To many, a resolution seems like a dream, a goal to which they know is unachievable. Without having to treat a resolution as work, we find it best to choose a manageable and easy resolution that won’t feel like a chore. Even though February is right around the corner, it’s never too late to make a resolution!]]>