Students resolve to relax this holiday season, into new year


Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 9.47.59 AMNew Year’s day is right around the corner and approaching fast. As Jan. 1 rolls around, everyone has one nagging question on their minds: What will my New Year’s resolution be?

Whether this resolution is getting to the gym more often or finishing
all seasons of “Criminal Minds” on Netflix, the one constant is hoping the resolution will still be intact on Dec. 31.

According to a Dec. 2013 TIME Magazine article “New Year’s Resolutions Are Bad for You,” only eight percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions stick to them, and those people usually abandon their resolutions after just one week.

Although one may hope her New Year’s resolution will remain intact, many have very low expectations.

“I always make New Year’s resolutions, and I think I will keep them, but I never do,” freshman Taylor Hofbauer said. Hofbauer is not the only one who has these feelings.

Many people who make New Year’s resolutions go into it knowing the mo- tivation won’t last. “I resolve to work out every year, but I never actually do,” junior Brooke Huerter said.

Like students, teachers also have doubts about their resolutions. “I gave up sugar one year, and that actually lasted a long time. I’ve had resolu- tions to exercise, cut out processed foods, and to pray more often. This year I will probably give up processed foods again. I doubt I’ll last even three months,” theology teacher Mrs. Lori Spanbauer said.

Although there are many low expectations, some people know exactly what they want to do, and they plan on sticking to it. “I do not want to have any points this year,” sophomore Telly Mounto said.

Still others have already checked an item off their resolution bucket list.

“Last year, my resolution was to run a marathon, which I did. This year I’m not sure yet. That’s thinking too far ahead,” theology teacher Mr. Andrew De Leonardis said.

The most popular New Year’s resolutions are: lose weight, save money, get a better job, get fit, reduce stress, and volunteer. According to, instead of resolving not to do something, it’s better to resolve to do little things day-by-day.

Since the holiday season is approaching, resolve to relax strict resolutions. The New Year is an exciting time, resolve to enjoy it with family and friends, and everything else will fall into place.

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