New Year’s Resolutions

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By Sofia Almarza & Anna Koch
Staff Writers

The ball drops and fireworks explode – people all around the globe joyfully welcome in a new year! 2013 is here. It is new and fresh. Common resolutions are: eat healthier, spend more time with family, save more money, etc. However, the amount of people making resolutions seems to be decreasing.

Sophomore English major Anna Keophannga chose not to make a New Year’s resolution. Instead, she chose to make long-term goals to see her plans come to fruition.

“I have made resolutions, but they have always been about weight and wanting to look better. I could never reach my goals by mid-January, so I felt like a failure,” said Keophannga.

Keophannga sees nothing wrong with making resolutions for the New Year but creates long-term life goals for herself.

“Other people get super excited about the upcoming year, and they want to make a difference, but they don’t have a game plan and they just jump right in. With long-term goals, you’ve thought about them and you have a plan of action,” said Keophannga.

Senior psychology major Melissa Genca chose to make New Year’s resolutions using the word “clean” as a basis for them.

“I want to ‘Eat Clean,’ which means eating food in its natural state (unprocessed). I want to ‘Speak Clean,’ which means lifting others up and speaking truth. I want to ‘Think Clean,’ to think pure, holy, kind and Christ-like thoughts about myself and others,” said Genca.

Developing goals is one thing – being successful is another.

“I decided to set 12 goals – one for each month. In doing so, it made each month exciting and new and helped me to be less overwhelmed when thinking about achieving those goals,” said Genca.

The tradition of making resolutions is not dying, but changing. People feel they can be more successful by setting long-term goals.

“I love making goals. I think it’s so important to reflect and then project. Reflect on what your past year or years have been like and what you liked or disliked about them, then project into what you want your future to be like,” said Genca.