Ringing in the New Year with resolutions

Cody Nilsen, Social Media Coordinator

The phrase “new year, new you” is usually heard when people talk about New Year’s resolutions. Several students at Central have made resolutions for 2016 and hope to stick to them.

Statisticbrain.com, along with several other sources, took polls of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions.

The top 10 were to lose weight, get organized, save more, enjoy life, stay fit, learn a new skill, quit smoking, help others, fall in love and spend more time with family.

Nothing too surprising or out of the ordinary on that list, however only 8 percent of people who make resolutions follow through. Less than half of the nation, 47 percent, makes resolutions.

Ben O’Reilly, senior business administration major, decided to make a New Year’s resolution this year.

“I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution since 2012, but I decided to make a couple simple ones and see if I stick to them,” O’Reilly said. “First is to not use my phone when I study and the second was to do cardio four times a week.

Resolutions don’t have to be big, major life-changing goals. Even sticking with one or two small resolutions can help cause improvement in your life.

“I stopped making them because they always were too unrealistic,” O’Reilly said. “But this year I think I will stick to them. Who knows though, no one likes running and it’s hard to leave your phone in another room and out of reach.”   

Sam Swaney, junior accounting major, said she enjoys making resolutions, but also realizes she has a hard time sticking to them.   

“My 2016 goals are meet new people and make friends outside my friend group,” Swaney said. “Also to get more involved in the college.”

Tanner Paschich, senior environmental major, said he stuck to his New Year’s resolutions last year to work out two or three times a week. What helped him, he said, was to write it down and look at it every day so he wouldn’t forget.

“This year I want to eat better, eat less, and cook at home — hopefully save some money that way, too,” Paschich said. “My other big goal for 2016 is to break into the EDM DJ and producing scene.”

Hayden Klein, senior clinical physiology major, is one of the  eight percent of people who sticks to their goal. Last year, he made a resolution to lose the weight he’d gained for football. He started the year at 310 pounds, and managed to drop down to 240 pounds. This year Klein has a couple of new resolutions he plans to stick to.

“I want to stay in shape and keep working at getting toned,” Klein said. “My goals for education, [are] continuing my studies of fitness and nutrition. Now that I don’t play football, I want to start hunting again in the fall.”