New year, new student resolutions

Kendall Jones, vocal and biology freshman, lifts weights in the RedWine Wellness center on Jan. 16. Photo by Chloe Phillips

With the beginning of a new year, Americans participate in creating personal goals aimed at bettering their physical health, character or both. These goals are referred to as “resolutions.”

This tradition is even carried on in college campuses. Flocks of students run to their respective school gyms during the months of January and February only to leave the wellness centers a ghost town in the following months.

Because Courtney Gore, education junior, can never maintain her resolutions, she has decided to not participate in this tradition.

“I have no New Year’s resolutions. I never do them because I fail at them. I don’t try very hard,” Gore said.

Other students have said they had specific inciting incidents urging them to create their resolutions.

Sarah Wood, business management junior, said, “I want to lose 10 pounds. My mirror was talking to me saying ‘Damn, Sarah.’ It was ‘JT-ing’ me. RA training has put a dampener on that though.”

Amy Arceneaux, biology and chemistry junior | “I have two resolutions. I want to be more financially responsible, and I want to have gains. I want to be able to carry a 32 pack of water to the register. I can currently carry an eight pack.”

Esteban Rios, biology junior | “I want to travel more and see more, but I also think it is the new year to connected with my family. I need to get connected with my grandparents and my dad.”

Jake Starkey, coordinator of Student Transition Programs | “[I want to] work out. I actually started a ‘three day a week’ thing, but not to lose weight. [It is] to lose fat I guess, but you know what they say: ‘Muscle weighs more than fat'”

Morgan Sinclair, sociology junior | “I don’t have a New Years resolution because for me, it doesn’t make a difference if you start a change in your life in the new year or on a Thursday”

Matthew Mannering, political science junior | “I want to loose a bit of weight, I’d like to do that and also try to make at least a 3.0. I need to raise my gpa, and I’ve gained 30 pounds in a year.”

Shannon Myart, sport administration graduate | “I want to maintain a 4.0 because that is the highest achievement, have a great semester, and travel some more for spring break. I want to go see my dad in Las Vegas, go to California, and — if there’s enough time, have a chance to go to Atlanta.”

Shannon Myart, sport administration graduate | “I want to maintain a 4.0 because that is the highest achievement, have a great semester, and travel some more for spring break. I want to go see my dad in Las Vegas, go to California, and — if there’s enough time, have a chance to go to Atlanta.”

Lindsey Sarabia, education sophomore | “It’s pretty simple, one is to eat healthy and to grow closer to God. Often times I fail in both of them because they say, “Hey, do want a salad or fries?” and I always say fries and I know I shouldn’t and it’s also the same with God it’s really easy to be like “I’m really busy” so, I just need time aside for God and to start choosing salad.”

Kendall Jones, Vocal/Biology freshman | “I want to survive another semester.”

Jamiliah Kangudja, exercise physiology sophomore | “I don’t have a new years resolution because I typically don’t stick to them but, I make small goals for myself to accomplish each month.”