The Speaking Eagle
New Year's Resolutions: The Good, the Bad, and the DifficultThursday, January 20, 2011 By Libby Allnatt
It is a situation almost all people can relate to – setting an ambitious New Year’s resolution, whether it be to hit the gym more or to get straight As. But, by the end of January, most people have already forgotten about their resolution or lost all motivation completely. A few, however, are striving to keep their goals for 2011. Many believe that the most popular resolutions are often the most difficult to sustain. According to Yahoo.com, the top three most common New Year’s Resolutions are losing weight, being a happier person, and saving money. For many Juan Diego students, improving their grades tops the list of 2011 priorities. “I didn’t do well last quarter,” says freshman Hannah Dismuke. “I want to get better grades so I can get into a better college.” Many teens also make resolutions to improve themselves socially. JD junior Maria Fernanda Gomez says her goal for 2011 is to understand people more. “Sometimes I tend to get caught up and I don’t take as much time as I should to understand and identify with people, something that I think everyone should do.” On the contrary, another popular resolution is to be more independent and dedicated to one’s own activities. Sophomore Grace Claudius says she wants to work harder to improve her grades and participation in extracurriculars, like tennis. “I want to focus more on doing things for myself. Not be selfish, but accomplished.” Whether it be an ambitious life goal or a small tweak to daily life, with the right amount of motivation and dedication, anyone can keep up their resolution well into the new year. Gomez is a perfect case in point. “I am determined to not drop any of my resolutions,” she said.