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NEW YEAR, SAME ME: Students opt for small goals over yearly resolutions

January 13, 2017

 

KACIE KAUFMAN
News Editor | kjk019@latech.edu

 

2017 may very well be the year of the anti-resolution. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook boasted realistic resolutions, from people saying they were planning on eating more pizza to sleeping in more.

 

At Louisiana Tech, New Year’s resolutions also deviated from the expected for some students. In fact, many students did not even make resolutions for the year. Instead, a number of students said they focused on small changes each day as opposed to making drastic resolutions.

 

“I think it’s good for  people to always try to better themselves.” Carli Whitfield sophomore mechanical engineer

“I think it’s good for people to always try to better themselves.” Carli Whitfield, sophomore mechanical engineer

Carli Whitfield, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said resolutions were something she was relatively indifferent toward. As opposed to making specific resolutions when Jan. 1 surfaced, she said she took a different approach.

 

“I’m not a, ‘It’s a new year, I’m going to do something great,’ (person);  just year-round, I’m trying to do mall changes,” she said.

 

Whitfield said she felt the idea of self-improvement was not one that should be limited to just the start of the year.

 

“I think it’s good for people to always try to better themselves, no matter what time of the year,” she said.

 

“Motivation will only get you so far before you lose it. It takes discipline.” Chase Lenard, freshman architecture

“Motivation will only get you so far before you lose it. It takes discipline.”
Chase Lenard,
freshman architecture

Emily Byrnes, a sophomore English major, also felt that making small steps was a better path to self-improvement as opposed to stringent resolutions.

 

“I kind of set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year and then try not to think of it so much as a resolution but as more of something you take a day at a time,” she said.

 

Byrnes said another challenge that college students encountered was the constraints from their schedules and the difficulty that sticking to a specific, large goal entailed.

 

“Your time is extremely limited,” she said. “It’s just hard to find a good balance between your study time and your extracurriculars, and then on top of that trying to make a complete lifestyle change.”

 

Byrnes also said New Year’s resolutions could potentially lead to a lot of pressure to be someone completely new.

 

“I don’t think that you should try to reinvent yourself; I think you should just work on improving you as a person,” she said.

 

Megan McKinnon, a freshman secondary education major, said that resolutions often resulted in discouragement, so many students simply stopped setting them.

 

“I just feel like people know that they’re not going to stick to their resolutions,” she said. “If you set one major big goal like that, it puts too much pressure on yourself.”

 

“If you set one major goal like that, it puts too much pressure on yourself.” Megan McKinnon, freshman secondary education

“If you set one major goal like that, it puts too much pressure on yourself.”
Megan McKinnon,
freshman secondary education

McKinnon said that she saw some people transition to more attainable goals that reflected their true self more accurately.

 

“People are being more realistic,” she said. “They’re just trying to be who they are and not trying to be somebody that they’re not.”

 

Chase Lenard, a freshman architecture major, said the new year was a time to refocus, not completely revamp his goals.

 

“I don’t really set New Year’s resolutions,” he said. “I guess I have them, but I have them in advance. For example, if I want to change something, I set the precedent before. I find the whole New Year’s resolution thing to be something where you can refocus on something that you already had going on.”

 

Lenard said that the usual goals stemming from the beginning of a New Year often lost steam early in the year.

 

“I find New Year’s resolutions a bit fleeting because it’s motivation, you know, to do something new, but it doesn’t get you the distance, it’s only motivation,” he said. “Motivation will only get you so far before you lose it. It takes discipline.”   

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