By Alessandra Antonacci ‘20
Every year during the Lenten season, along with fasting, we are asked to give up certain luxuries in our everyday lives in observation of Jesus's journey into the desert for 40 days. This season, we asked our fellow Bonnies what they chose to give up this year in preparation for the joy of Easter. As the Lenten poll closed, there were 71 responses from students over the course of two weeks.
The first question in the poll asked students if they usually choose to keep tradition by abstaining from the same items each year. Shockingly, 73% of students stated that they in fact give up different items each year instead of keeping one item that they periodically give up.
Though the responses for question two, which asked students which items they were giving up, were scattered, it is no surprise that the majority of those who participated in the poll stated that they were choosing to abstain from junk food this season (38%). At a close second, but still in the same ballpark as junk food, 14% of participants stated that they were choosing to give up soda and other sugary drinks. Many of the responses for this question showed that most of the luxuries Bonnies chose to give up this Lenten season pertained to junk foods and desserts, including pretzels, chocolate, french fries, ice cream, fried food, and Starbucks. However, some people also took this year’s Lenten season as an opportunity to rid themselves as bad habits, such as procrastinating (6%) and fighting with family members (3%).
Whatever way you choose to prepare yourself for the Easter season, I hope that you all have a fulfilling forty days packed with family time and faith!