The Word on Resolutions

LU students discuss making and breaking New Year’s Resolutions

Compiled by Sam Mathers, Editor-in-Chief

On setting resolutions:

Andrew, Nursing Student: “I was never really big on New Year’s resolutions, but it’s always been like, you know, you start a new year, you buy a new calendar, might as well try to [make] a change in your life as well.”

Paige Picken, Applied Life Sciences Student: “I don’t think that it’s necessary to wait until the new year to start changing things, but I am guilty of trying to implement new habits after New Year’s.”

A.J. Cross, Outdoor Recreation/Education Student: “It’s always good to have something guiding you I suppose, even if it’s just some tradition you do every year, even if you don’t keep it up.”

Danielle Baez, Outdoor Recreation/Education Student: “I think you should always have goals, but not exactly at the beginning of the year.”

Maddy Lamers, Education Student: “They’re a good way to get motivated… I personally don’t set one because I’ll let myself down, I won’t follow through with it. But if people can follow through with them, I think they’re a good idea to start doing the things you’d like to do.”

Talia Strickland, Psychology Student: “We normally do them with my family, so I find that better because then I’m with a group of people so then I kind of follow through with it a little bit more, but I don’t think I could do it by myself.”


On their own resolutions:

A: “I’m drinking more water… just being a little more healthy in general — drinking water, going to the gym. But that’s already dying down, so I don’t know how long that will stick for…I haven’t stopped going to the gym, it’s just less than I anticipated.”

Tiffany Helmer, Education Student: “I used to skip class a lot, so my big one is actually going to class and being more involved in conversations.”

PP: “Once a week I’m trying to declutter things. Last week I went through makeup that I haven’t touched since high school, then I’m going to start going through my clothes for donation; I have a lot of stuff.”

Cam Roe, Outdoor Recreation/Geography Student: “Do more things that I want to do, live life to the fullest.”

AC: “I am guilting myself into going to the gym.”

Ryan Genoe, Outdoor Recreation Student: “Since last year, [my] 2018 resolution, I’ve been lowering my plastic consumption. I didn’t purchase a single plastic water bottle last year, so I’m continuing that one.”

Edrie Santere, Education Student: “I’d like to get motivated on my homework.”

TS: “Have family dinners together more often, or just things around the house.”


On making resolutions attainable:

CR: “Set your standards mid to low-ish, so you don’t disappoint yourself.”

A: “There’s a big “new year, new me” mindset that comes with New Year’s resolutions. I feel like if you’re not used to making big goals like that, all of a sudden making a bunch of new ones is a good way to not do any of them. But I think the fact that [you’re] making them means you’re thinking about making those changes anyway, so [that’s] already a positive step.

TH: “I used to make ones that weren’t reachable for myself and then I realized that a lot of people end up doing that, but now I’ve started to realize that it’s little ones I need to make to change my lifestyle.”

RG: “Make them realistic, first of all, obviously. Something you really care about. I care about the environment a lot, so really crack down on myself. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.”

ES: “I just try to think about it everyday.”

TS: “I use a day planner all the time to try and get all of my stuff done, otherwise I wouldn’t remember.”