New Year’s resolution doesn’t change who you are


Cecelia Stonner

“New year. New me.” Ha, like a New Year is going to change you into a person you wish you were, being healthier or more dedicated to your studies.

Why does a new year determine who you are or who you want to be? Why can’t you change on a new day instead of waiting for a New Year? You hear and read about the New Year resolutions throughout the hallways or on the internet but people only stick with it for a week or two before they give up on it. I challenge you to ask someone how their New Year’s resolution is trudging along and see their expression of disappointment and resentfulness towards their resolution they cannot keep.

“My mom makes us write down our New Year’s resolution on paper then put it in our drinks then toast to it. None of us have done it for more than a day, though,” Hadley Driggers, junior.

“In [Sister Kathleeen Yeadon’s] class, we had to bring in food for a seminar and it was all junk food, so I broke it the second day we got back to school,” Emma McClung, senior.

“When I was in second grade, I made a resolution to beat a video game, but then I quit because it was impossible,” Miles Lockrem, freshman.

“It’s a work in progress, but when I was 15, I wanted to keep my room clean because I’m not a very neat person,” Sam Haimbaugh, junior

Others have seen a bright light in New Year’s resolution and have changed their social interaction with others. These resolutions are not bad to make because they are supposed to better your life. But breaking them can cause you to feel lazy and unaccomplished.

“When I was a freshman, I wanted to make more friends for the new year. I’ve made more friends because of it,” Jalen Shirley, sophomore.

Some standard advice: Don’t wait for a new year to make yourself better, rather wait for a new opportunity to make a new change in your life. Cover photo by A. Park