New Year’s Resolution Race: Wishful thinking


art by Alice Yu

Rochita Ghosh

Despite best intentions, those trying to fulfill their New Year’s Resolution often encounter obstacles between themselves and their goal, ranging from a lack of motivation to a lack of time. The participants in the New Year’s Resolution Race, in order to combat their personal hindrances, reflect on what could help them fight.

Bearing News asked: What do you wish you had that would help you with your resolution?

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”282791″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Siena Juhlin – 50 points” message=”I definitely wish I had more time. It’s really hard to get enough sleep when there’s tons of homework to do and out of school activities and social events.”]

Siena Juhlin, freshman – 50 points

Resolution: Get more sleep

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”282790″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Audrey Milyo – 43 points” message=”I wish I had more time because it is hard when there is so much you want to do in so little time. I also wish there were less distractions because it would help me stay focused so I would be less likely to prioritize something trivial over my homework or studying, therefore leading to the great trouble of procrastination.” el_file=””]

Audrey Milyo, sophomore – 43 points

Resolution: Procrastinate less

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”282792″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Britton Stamps – 50 points” message=”More time would be nice as I am constantly struggling to find time to spend with my family and work on other things or spend time to myself.”]

Britton Stamps, sophomore – 50 points

Resolution: Spend more time with family

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Divya Divya, junior – 55 points

Resolution: Exercise at least 2 times a week for 30 minutes

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”282540″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Divya Divya – 55 points” message=”I wish I would’ve had a buddy that was also doing a very similar New Year’s Resolution with me. It think that would help motivate me much more because I can get really lazy sometimes and not follow through with what I say, and I think having someone in the same boat as me would’ve been great. “][TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”282219″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Shray Kumar – 56 points” message=”Time, simply because preparing for college interviews, doing homework and all of that kind of stuff sort of gets in the way of fulfilling my resolution, so having a lot more time to do my resolution would be quite wonderful. I’ve still been managing to do my resolution but without sleeping as much as I would want to.”]

Shray Kumar, senior – 56 points

Resolution: Exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”282220″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Sydney Magee – 56 points” message=”Just so it’d be easier to keep track of it, writing it down, but writing down would kind of take away from the purpose of giving compliments because it’s just like, ‘Oh, I’m just giving you a compliment so I can mark it off.’ I think I did a good job of making it natural. “]

Sydney Magee, senior – 56 points

Resolution: Be more positive and vocalize compliments

[vc_empty_space height=”16px”]Confused on what’s going on? Read the introduction post!
Missed the previous updates on the students’ progress in the race? Read them all below:
Week 1: Strong Beginnings
Week 2: Slow and steady wins the race
Week 3: Reaching for the stars
Week 4: If at first you don’t succeed
Week 5: Practice makes perfect
Week 6: Strolling to success
Week 7: Discovering paths to prosperity
by Alice Yu and Rochita Ghosh
art by Alice Yu
What do you wish you had that would help you with your resolution? Tell us below.