Make It or Break It: New Year’s Resolutions


Photo: Kayla Martens

Resolutions can vary from person to person, often times focusing on creating better habits, becoming healthier, or trying new things.

About 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year. Of that, only 8% actually follow through with their resolutions. Regardless, plenty of people believe that these goals and life changes are important when kicking off a new year.

Sophomore, Claire Berlon, finds New Year’s resolutions very important and believes that most people with drive will fulfill them.

“The New Year is a reminder to everyone that you have the ability to make resolutions, which to me is very important,” Berlon said. She has had the same resolution to live a healthy lifestyle and try to laugh at least once a day for many years now.

Berlon believes she will be a part of the 8% of people who actually follow through with their New Year’s resolutions.

“With all of my sports and activities that I do, a healthy lifestyle is easy to accomplish. The people I surround myself with will help me to keep that resolution,” she said.

Many people have high expectations and show great determination early on in January. However, as time lapses, that motivation seems to dwindle. 

“I think most people want to, it’s just whether you have the drive to do it. Some people do, some people don’t,” Berlon said.

English teacher, Joshua Oliver, also believes that most people make and fulfill their resolutions because they want to improve themselves. Oliver does not make resolutions for himself anymore because he does not want to be disappointed when they fall through.

“To fulfill New Year’s Resolutions, you need reasonable goals and discipline because if you’re not capable, it will not happen,” Oliver said. A lot of people seem to lack these skills needed to keep their resolutions up.

People just like Oliver find New Year’s resolutions important. “Even though I don’t typically make them, it is important to try to improve yourself,” Oliver said.

Art teacher, Patricia Boone, also thinks that it is a good idea for others to always strive to be better and should never be comfortable with where they are. Boone has the mental and physical discipline needed to achieve her resolutions. “We all have resolutions, but reality gets in the way sometimes,” Boone said.

“Most adults make resolutions and most people fall off of it, but usually people have good intentions,” Boone said.

To make it easier for her not to fall off her resolutions, Boone evaluates where her life is at that particular point of the year and tries to choose her resolution based on what can be accomplished in more minor changes. This allows her to focus more on herself and to worry less.

Boone is not the only one to use simple New Year’s resolutions so their more realistic to carry out. Senior, Noah Kihn, made his 2017 resolution to sleep less in class. He’s already started by drinking more coffee and trying to go to bed earlier.

Like many others, Kihn chooses his resolutions by looking at what is currently going on in his life and what he needs to do better. Kihn has never followed through with past resolutions and isn’t so sure about his latest either. 

Most people find resolutions an important chance to become the best that they can be, but not nearly as many follow through with them.

“Socrates once said ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’, if you don’t take note of where you are, you won’t know where you are in relation to where you want to be,” Oliver said. “It’s important to try to improve ourselves because if you are not seeking to improve, you are either staying the same or falling behind.”