Helena Klonis, ‘17
With the arrival of 2014, many people and BHSEC students alike are trying to start the new year fresh by making New Year’s resolutions.
According to Oklahoma State University, New Year’s resolutions have been made since the time of the Babylonians, and were later on adapted by the Romans and Christians. The type of “resolutions” these ancient peoples made were religious, either in the form of a sacrifice or a promise to the gods to fulfill something during the course of the new year. During the Great Depression, New Year’s resolutions became popular in the United States. The types of resolutions people made evolved over time. Originally oriented towards general welfare, they turned into self-oriented or frivolous ideals.
According to examiner.com, 45% of Americans will most likely make a New Year’s resolution, but only 8% succeed. In addition, 47% of New Year’s Resolutions have to do with education or “self-improvement,” which proved to be popular among BHSEC students.
There were a couple of common themes throughout the resolutions of BHSEC students, and a few goals that were more unique and personalized.
Most resolutions were education-related. Procrastination is one habit that a great amount of students wanted to change for 2014. Many students want to alter their approach to finishing work, and improve their time management skills. 10th grader Liana Van Nostrand says her resolution is, “to cut down on my procrastination and get more sleep!”
Other students have different and more specific academic goals for the new year. Kaltrina Novaj, a 9th grader, says, “I want to widen my vocabulary.” Freshman Holly Hutchinson wants to “be part of more [extracurricular] things,” and 9th grader Ellie Safran says her resolution is to “improve [her] grade in math.” Another 10th grader says she wants to “try to stay more focused.”
Other students’ New Year’s resolutions are health-related. Whether it be exercising, eating healthy foods, or playing a sport, many students want to improve their physical wellbeing. 9th grader Helaina Ferraioli wants to “get back into shape.” George Scott, also a freshman, wants “to eat less junk food.” Some students have more specific health goals, like 9th grader Kevin Mendez who wants to “get abs,” Cadyn Morgan-McGregor, a freshman, who wants to “qualify for States [swimming],” and Amelia Alman, also in 9th grade, who wants “to exercise more, be able to do a split, and join [the] track team.”
Students at BHSEC have also come up with some more unique resolutions for 2014, that are a bit different from the rest. Freshman Delilah Kutler wants “to make a New Years resolution and actually remember it by next year,” and Jake Johnson, also in 9th grade, wants “to make Mr. Mueller laugh.” “I also want to make more time to spend with my friends and have fun because I feel like this year I’m so overwhelmed with school work,” says Maida Abid, a Y1. 9th grader Grant Christien Robertson wants to “take better control of [his] life,” and freshman Mariana Lucero wants to “[get to] sleep earlier.”
It is a difficult task to achieve a goal set for New Years, but with hard work and determination, people can strive to make their New Year’s resolution a reality.