Resolve to Keep Your Resolutions!
By Lexi Zahrn – Staff Writer
With the holidays less than a week away and the question of snow in the chilly air, it is clear that the calendar year is coming to a close. With that in mind it is time to reflect on the past year and partake in the tradition of New Year’s resolutions. This tradition dates back to 153 B.C.E and a minor Roman god known as Janus. The month of January gets its name from this two-faced god. His image was often placed at the beginning of a calendar because with one face he could look at the past, and with the other: the future. Thought often seen tricking unlucky demigods throughout mythology, this god was actually the patron of foresight.
History lessons aside, this reporter went around asking a few of Centennial’s students and alumni what their New Year’s Resolutions are for 2012. It might be the end of the world, but goals are still important no matter how small they may be. Matthew Rooney, from the ‘Hipster Paradox’ says, “I want to grow a beard.” Meanwhile alumni Thomas Polk says, “I’m going to work harder in school.”
Polk is not alone in his ambition. Many of Centennial’s seniors are suffering from a dangerous case of ‘senioritis’ and could use some motivation to try harder in school. Senior Akshay Krishnamani has had the same resolution for two years, that being, “to focus more on school.” Both of these young men have the right idea; just because the second semester is code for ‘second chance,’ it is still important to give some effort. Colleges still look at grades past acceptance. Mary Hong will keep her grades going at a stellar level so she can, “…pick the right college to attend.”
Along with scholastic goals, New Year’s resolutions include, “[making] varsity in soccer,” for Madison White. Arie Polycarpou has a fun resolution to, “to go on a big international road trip with friends.” Whether its playing soccer on Centennial’s fields or a sunny beach in Barbados, both goals sound more plausible than Samuel Hall’s, “I [want to] be married and have 100 kids so I can have 100 friends, and no one can say no to being my friend.” He is kidding of course, but just in case, ladies, look out!
Health is always a favorite theme for New Year’s resolutions. Grace Ayodele claims that she would like to, “eat less candy and not be so lazy.” According to author Stephen M. Shapiro, forty-five percent of Americans set New Year’s resolutions, and of that forty-five percent, forty-seven percent of the resolutions pertain to self-improvement. Shapiro also says, “Only eight percent of people are always successful in achieving their resolutions.” Hopefully Grace is part of this eight percent, as well as her classmates.
Senior Nick Bates might possibly have the best resolution, that being, “to become a superhero.” Bates is definitely the kind of young man one would expect to see helping the less fortunate and saving the world one strange music album at a time. His more ambitious resolution is something that might take all 365 days to accomplish, but if he sets his mind to it maybe he can become a superhero. A lot can happen in a year, so it is best to start planning now Centennial.
What is your New Year’s Resolution? Post it in our comments section.