Each new year brings the opportunity to set new goals. Whether it’s getting more exercise, eating healthier, or getting more sleep, New Year’s resolutions are meant for personal growth and improvement. Now that we’re over a month into 2024, let’s take a look at how well M-A students have kept their New Year’s resolutions.
Some students are pursuing academic goals. Sophomore Yuma Mora said, “This year I want to be more focused on my priorities of earning good grades and keeping my A’s. So far, I’ve been successful and I think I can keep that going throughout the school year.”
Freshman Piper Rosenthal also wants to focus on her grades, but she recognizes that her phone is the biggest distraction. She said, “This year, I want to try to be on my phone less. I had way too much screen time last year and I want to work on not letting my phone distract me from more important things, like school work. Honestly, I haven’t been too successful with this so far, but I’m going to keep trying and hopefully improve through the year.”
Junior Aarna Singla wants to spend more time on her passions. “I want to get back into drawing and practicing violin. Last year, I stopped drawing for a long time because I was too busy but I’ve started again this year and I’m really excited about it.”
Similarly, senior Jasmine Hou said, “I want to play tennis more often, and just give more priority to having fun in general, like spending time with my family. It’s mostly just about time management. I’m going to college next year, so I want to get these good habits now so I can carry them with me when I’m not living at home.”
While some remain hopeful about keeping their resolutions, others aren’t as sure. Junior Emmett Hoffman said, “I made a resolution to read books as often as I go on my phone. To be honest, I haven’t read a single book so far, and I’m not sure how successful I’ll be for the rest of the year. I feel like a lot of the times that I make New Year’s resolutions, I only keep them for a few days or weeks, and I haven’t even done that so far.”
Sophomore Cameron Liebert said, “They are good in concept but they don’t serve much of a purpose, because, in reality, they normally don’t end up working. I don’t think people really ever follow them through.”
Sophomore Gaelen Booth believes that people shouldn’t have to wait for a new year to set goals for themselves. He said, “If it is actually an important resolution, there’s no reason to wait for a new year to start. If you really want to do something, do it now.”
Whether you stick to your New Year’s resolutions or not, it is worth reflecting on the things you wish to improve in the new year.