By Noah Cagle
Most commonly in the Western world, people celebrate the annual tradition of setting goals for the New Year, or New Year’s resolutions. Although mostly practiced in the Western hemisphere, according to history.com, the earliest recordings of people practicing this tradition were about 4,000 years ago in Ancient Babylonia. The tradition has since grown into a pop culture phenomenon.
As 2018 says ‘omw’, some WCHS students are preparing their goals for the new year. Students set goals to better themselves and attempt to live these goals once the New Year rolls around. Students set these goals and try to stick to them, even though, according to Business Insider, about 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions that are set fail by February. WCHS senior Caleb Sanders says his New Year’s resolutions are to be selfless for the people around him and within his community.
“[I want] to Volunteer for more community service, and to help my family by being a positive role model when it comes to health and nutrition,” Sanders said.
Sanders also shared how he comes up with his resolutions.“Focusing on the areas in life that I need to improve on or that I slack off in, and making goals to better myself in these areas,” Sanders said.
“One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be consistent with my schedule, and to follow through with what I plan and have much less impulsive decisions.”
Sophomore Reese Gick talks about how he wishes to be more committed and develop more time management skills than in the previous year of his life.
“One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be consistent with my schedule and to follow through with what I plan and have much less impulsive decisions,” Gick said.
WCHS sophomore Madison Grismer says that next year she wishes to exponentially increase her academic success
“I want to get all A’s and B’s at the end of the semester,” Grismer said. “I come up with my resolutions based on my ability now and how much I can improve in a reasonable manner. This helps me to not get discouraged because it should be obtainable.”
“To volunteer for more community service, and to help my family by being a positive role model when it comes to health and nutrition.”
Although many base their resolutions on self-improvement, freshman Joey Brewington would rather set his resolutions toward standing up in what he believes in.
“To eat a delicious Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich, the number one chicken sandwich, which I will order without pickles, as that is completely possible and maintains a delightful experience for my anti-pickle tastebuds,” Brewington said.
“Hopefully, next year I’ll be able to think more positively and actually do my homework for once cause… yeah, that needs some solving.”
New Year’s resolutions are a great way for people to regularly keep their behavior and bad habits in check. People create resolutions based on past experiences and future dreams, and use them to self evaluate themselves annually. They also use New Year’s resolutions to set goals. On a personal note, my resolutions this year are to strengthen my social skills and expand in my computer science skills.