By Jake Johnston and Tana Mardian
Many people make New Year’s resolutions to end a bad habit or restructure part of their life. To get a sense of resolutions at Collegiate, we asked a variety of students about what they want to change in 2017. The majority of students talked about getting better grades or improving their study habits. Bryce Ritter (‘17), focused on school, remarked, “I want to get a better grade in AP Stat.” Spencer Rider (‘17) and Bennett Hayes (‘17) talked about managing their time better in order to finish off their last year at Collegiate successfully.
Rob Sheehy (‘17) was not prepared to decide on his New Year’s resolution yet, as he stated, “It’s not New Year’s yet, so I’m not physically ready for that question.”
Some resolutions are simple and short. Michael Brost (‘19) just wants to get more sleep. “I hope not to forget to do my homework as much,” claims Kate Johnston (‘19).
Mary Ottley’s (‘17) resolution comes from a quote from Psalm 19:14 in the Bible. She stated, “My goal in the upcoming year is to focus on ‘letting the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always acceptable in God’s sight. O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.’” Caroline Hall (‘18) said her resolution for 2017 is “to live more in the moment because time here flies.”
Some students discussed their resolutions for 2016. Olivia Brown (‘17) stated, “I want to be a vegetarian again. It lasted 11 days this year when I tried.” Ottley also mentioned her goals from this past year. “Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to read the Bible more. It was also to not eat bread. I failed it. It was too vague because there are so many types of bread. Otherwise, it’s been good.” Hall has followed through with one of her resolutions from many years ago. “I gave up soda three years ago, and I haven’t had it since.” Haley Kell (‘18) discussed her lack of participation in New Year’s resolutions when she said, “I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. If you want to change yourself, you don’t need to do that on a specific date. You can do that whenever you want.”
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