New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions a Mixed Bag for Students

Senior Jake Richards works hard at the beginning of the new year. Photo: Joe Loughran

Senior Jake Richards works hard at the beginning of the new year. Photo: Joe Loughran

Celebration of the new year has many traditions, such as parties in anticipation of the midnight drops, but none are as common or regrettable as the New Year’s resolution. A select few people actually follow through on their New Year’s resolutions. Very often, resolutions fall apart within one week, but perhaps this year will be different. This hopeful mentality is how many Pace students are thinking toward the fresh start of 2016.

There are many classic resolutions, such as working out more and getting better grades second semester, and several students have made these their resolutions. “My New Year’s resolution is to get to the baseball state playoffs this year,” said senior Matthew Plisko. “After not making the playoffs last year, we only have one goal this year, along with beating Holy Innocents’.” For seniors, these New Year’s resolutions hold a higher importance as they enter the last semester of high school. Winter and spring sport athletes look to finish out their careers on a high note.

Improving grades is a common theme of the new year for Pace Academy students. “My goal is to raise my grades this semester,” said freshman Carter Ferguson. “There’s always room for improvement in the classroom.” This resolution tends to be more popular among underclassmen, as seniors enter their second semester with many of them already having college acceptances. New Year’s resolutions for better grades are a common choice because it is very easy to see progress, and the results of tests can be instant gratification for the hard work put toward achieving the resolution.

However, many members of the Pace student body skipped making New Year’s resolutions. “I do not see the point of a New Year’s resolution because I often never come through on them,” said senior Jack Eichenlaub. “It’s just setting yourself up for failure.” Other students expressed the same sentiment, but often for different reasons. “I do not have a New Year’s resolution because I am already perfect,” said senior Johnny Reece. “There is nothing that I can improve upon.”