Welcome back to school, Yellowjackets! With the new year and the new semester underway, it’s time to make your resolutions for the future. There’s always the standard promise to go to the gym or to eat better, but our student body has some more ambitious ideas.

Most students are focusing on their academic pursuits. Sophomore Louis Fusilli says, “My resolution is to get a 4.0.” Freshman Sophie Sackstein wants to do well, too — by reading her chemistry textbook.

Others are more concerned about dealing with the elements of beautiful, but frozen, upstate New York. Senior Philip Meyers is hoping to “walk to class without freezing in the cold.”  Many students are also hoping to motivate themselves to continue attending club meetings and office hours, even if it means trudging through the snow and ice outside. A few have outlined plans to buy another pair of gloves or new boots.

Many just plan to focus on themselves. Sophomore Rachel Gehring hopes to find “personal happiness.” Senior Ezekiel Starling wants the same, adding, as he took out his earbuds, that he also “wants to make more music.”

Despite all this, some students are wondering why a resolution can only be made once a year, and are consequently shaking up the established system. Sophomore Margret Thursten explains, “I’m planning on giving myself challenges every week.” She argues that small goals are the best way to avoid becoming discouraged and allow flexibility for changing priorities.

Even though resolutions come in all shapes in sizes, they all have the same goal. When asked what his resolution was, freshman Hai Vu smiled, shrugged, and said, “I want to be a better person.”

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