The new year of 2014 has brought some unique New Year’s resolution ideas to students. Many are bundling up tightly to head off to the ARC, or to a nearby volunteer center to uphold their resolutions.
Freshman accounting major, Leanne McDermott, 18 said she is pushing herself to perform better academically.
“I decided that I would try even harder in my classes this year, and strive for a 4.0 GPA,” McDermott said. “I know that it’s possible, and by making this resolution, it will help me strive for it even more.”
Regardless of the extent of academic perseverance, keeping it going throughout the year may be tough, McDermott said.
This can also apply to one of the most common resolutions made every year: getting in shape.
According to Time magazine, losing weight or exercising more is the most popular New Year’s resolution to make, but is also the most commonly broken.
Freshman athletic training major, Hailey McLaughlin, 19, is determined to keep her resolution.
“Most of my friends made resolutions to work out more, too,” McLaughlin said. “It’s just easier to keep when you have other people by your side as well, all working toward the same goal.”
McLaughlin explained her plan for action.
“I go to the ARC every day, even if it feels too cold outside,” she said. “If you’re determined enough, you won’t let things like usual Slippery Rock weather get in your way.”
The Wall Street Journal has named another popular resolution this year to be “keeping up with current TV shows.” It could require a subscription to Netflix, something many college students have done, or simply a vow to set aside some time each week for your favorite show.
While some students may be making time for their favorite TV shows, some others might have too much time on their hands.
Freshman secondary education major Max Meyer, 18, admits he might be one of those people.
“I decided to not play video games every day,” Meyer said. “Instead, I take some time to just listen to music, or use that extra time to study. I know that playing once in a while isn’t bad, so that’s what I’m going to start doing.”
Meyer isn’t the only person making this decision. To spend less time with electronics is another top resolution for 2014, the Wall Street Journal says.