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New Year’s Resolutions Call for Retribution


Every year towards the end of December, people start thinking about what they want to do in the year to come. They think about things they want to change or improve on or new hobbies they want to pick up. We call these New Year’s Resolutions. According to Amanda Capritto’s article, “The history of New Year’s resolutions and celebrations” in Cnet, this tradition has been around for about 4,000 years. What will they look like this year? How will the pandemic affect this timeless tradition? Here is what the Greenway Demons have to say about it. 

“My News Years Resolution this year would be to be able to schedule my time out more efficiently and being able to keep all my grades up. My main one would be to try and go to the gym more often,” Senior Conner Valerio said.

“My News Years resolutions are to at least try getting straight A’s and get a job to help my parents with bills and other important stuff,” Freshman Renee Covarrubias-Sanchez said.

“My New Year’s resolution is to become stronger physically and mentally, and become an overall better version of myself,” Freshman Anthony Brazier said. 

Working on yourself and mental health is a popular goal. According to the Business Wire’s article “Driven by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Americans Resolve to Prioritize Health and Wellness in 2021 at the Expense of Their Finances” in Citrus County Chronicle, “57% (of Americans) said health and wellness was their top focus area for 2021.”

“My New Year’s resolution is to finally get my drivers license,” Senior Norman Heifner said. 

“My New Year’s resolution is to make my bed. I saw a speech by Admiral William McRaven where he said ‘if you want to change the world, start by making your bed.’ Maybe it is too literal, but having that goal accomplished in the morning might brighten my day, you know? Anyway, that’s what I am trying,” Greenway teacher Candice Nelson said.

“My New Year’s resolutions would be to improve on my eating habits, get Lasik, and sleep more,” Freshman Iann Cabrera said.

“I plan to spend more time with my non-immediate family! Throughout COVID my immediate family is home all of the time.  At first, that was a struggle, but now I love it and I think we have become closer because of it!  What I would like to be able to do is visit my other family members more. We have stayed away due to COVID and I am hoping to plan a lot of trips and time with other family members ASAP,” Greenway Counselor Jennifer Mattingly said.

“My New Year’s resolution is to be able to dunk by the end of the year,” Freshman Barrett Estrada said.

“My New Year’s resolution is to put aside money to fulfill my extended travel dreams,” Counselor Thalia Glenn said.

“My New Year’s resolutions are to drink more water, get into better shape and you read all of the MHA manga,” Freshman Vivian Case said. 

Looks like the Greenway Demons are ready to move on and put 2020 in their rearview mirror. What about you? What will your New Year’s Resolutions be for 2021? Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2021.