By Krystal Yang
Just a month ago, we started a new chapter of our lives: 2017. Along with winter break, holiday parties, and opening up Christmas gifts, many people have also decided to come up with New Year’s resolutions. From Snapchat filters advocating New Year’s resolutions to stationary journals that have lists of resolutions to complete, the importance of New Year’s resolutions has skyrocketed. Students in school use New Year’s resolutions to create motivation to power through the second half of the school year. Here are some of their most common resolutions:
- Stop procrastinating → We have all been in this dilemma: working on homework for ten minutes, only to pick up your phone to check social media. A five-minute break quickly turns into an hour of watching cute cat videos on Youtube. The consequences of procrastination include stress, frustration, and lost sleep. This is why students resolve to stop procrastinating. Some students buy new agendas, journals, and calendars to better schedule their time and actually get work done.
- Try something new → This is a resolution that can be applied to everyone. Students are going to try to be more adventurous, such as taking new electives, going on more trips, and even doing little things like raising their hands more in class.
- Read more → Especially in the era of the internet, students find themselves spending more time reading each other’s Facebook posts and tweets, instead of actually picking up a book and reading. Because developing critical reading skills is completely necessary, students resolve to pick up paperbacks, and not their phones.
- Relax → School is stressful and difficult, especially as students get older. It is important to find time to unwind, which is both mentally and physically beneficial. Whether it be taking a walk, going to movies with a friend, or just sleeping in, students resolve to take a deep breath once in awhile, allowing them to focus better on what actually needs to be done.