By Sol Davila Gehring and Frannie Rosen
New Year’s Resolutions have been a tradition since the ancient civilizations. The Romans began their year by making vows to the god which January is named after, Janus. The Babylonians began their year by promising to their gods that they would pay their debts and return the items they have borrowed from others. Today, these resolutions are normally a promise to yourself, rather than a god, to do better.
“New year, new me” is a commonly used phrase that people use around the new year. To some people, the phrase is a representation of hope for a better chapter of their life. Others feel that the phrase has become a bit of a cliché and is relatively meaningless. “You are the same person every year but if someone wants to change, they need to change overtime,” said Nola Gordon, a freshman, in response to the well-known expression.
While it is an acknowledged fact that most people do not keep their resolutions all year round, it is more often the attempt to better oneself that is meaningful. Some common reasons that people fail to succeed with their resolutions is because they lose motivation, they prioritize other aspects of their life over their resolutions, or they simply set unrealistic expectations.
“Setting goals is not unrealistic because a man can dream,” said Nico Pineda, a freshman, with an optimistic view on the practice of New Year’s Resolutions.
We asked a few Barons what their New Year’s Resolutions were for this upcoming year and here’s what they had to say:
“I want to spend less time on my phone as well as stop comparing myself to others.” -Lucy Thorp (‘22)
“I gotta get more sleep. That’s one on my list. I also want to read more outside of classwork. Just do more things that make me happy.” -JD Gorman (‘21)
“Stop taking so many naps” - Kate Lee (‘20)
“I want to help out more with special needs kids, and volunteer to help with cancer patients.” -Chase M (‘21)
“To eat healthier” - Margaret Riley (‘20)
Are setting New Year’s resolutions unrealistic?
“Setting goals are not unrealistic because a man can dream.” -Nico Pineda (‘23)
“Yes because I’m lazy and won’t actually do it.” - Kate Lee (‘20)
“No, but I feel like a lot of people give up on them pretty quickly.” -Chase M (‘21)
Do you agree with the phrase “New Year, New Me”?
“No, I don’t agree with that saying, because I don’t think we should have to wait for a whole new year to change something in our lives.” -Megan Bickel (‘21)
“I do agree with the phrase because this year I’m going to get a fade on the top of my head so that I am bald and the hair will slowly fade outwards to the edges.” -Nico Pineda (‘23)
“I think the new year is just a time marker. Nothing more. Nothing changes except you have the opportunity to make the coming year better than the previous one. That being said you always have the chance to make tomorrow better than yesterday.” -JD Gorman (‘21)
“No, because I’m not gonna actually change myself just because it’s a new year.” - Kate Lee (‘20)
“You are the same person every year but if someone wants to change, they need to change overtime.” -Nola Gordon (‘23)
What is the Craziest New Years resolution you have ever heard?
“I heard someone say that they would go a whole year without their phone.” -Chase M (‘21)
Have you followed through on your resolutions?
“No I haven’t, I took a four hour nap yesterday.” - Kate Lee (‘20)
“I have started working out again after stopping for a long time. I also am continuing to try and love myself every day.”-Talia Shapiro (‘21)