By Alessandra Antonacci '20
As we approach the end of the first month of 2019, we have all probably heard the phrase “new year, new me” a million times. Many people choose to set goals at the beginning of the year, dubbed “New Year’s Resolutions,” in order to try to better themselves and aim for a fresh start in the new year. On January 8th of 2019, a Folio Poll was sent out asking all Fontbonne Students about their New Year’s Resolutions. This poll was used to determine what the student body aims to improve on the most in 2019, as well as to figure out once and for all if new year’s resolutions really do live up to our expectations.
There were approximately 101 responses from students for this poll within one week. The first question in the poll was whether or not students have ever completed a New Year’s Resolution. An overwhelming 63.4% of participants stated that they had never fully completed the goal they set at the beginning of the new year. However, when students were asked in the next question if they chose to make resolutions for the year of 2019, 86.1% of students stated that they had set new goals for the year.
The last question in the poll asked the participants to expand on the previous question and state their resolutions for the year of 2019. This question consisted of a list of pre-written responses, as well as a fill-in box for those who had more unique goals that they wanted to share. Not surprisingly, the most popular resolution of the year is to form healthier habits, which was chosen by 80.2% of participants. The second most popular response (which will come as a pleasant gift to all teachers) is to study harder, which was chosen by 54.7% of participants. The two runners up for the most popular resolution were to step out of comfort zones, coming in at 39.5%, and to become a kinder person, which came in at 31.4%. Around 15% of students also chose to set the goal of becoming a more charitable person in the new year and strengthening their faith.
The fill-in resolution section was filled with both genuine and humorous responses for all of those with goals for 2019 that were not mentioned in the pre-written resolution section. Some of the more heartfelt responses included hopes for a healthy family, for a great college, a great future, and for having more faith in oneself. Others wanted to form healthier changes in their day to day lives, such as going to bed earlier and reading more. The most humorous responses, though, were those who chose less serious resolutions for the new year, such as to learn to juggle and, submitted in all caps, to get abs.
However you choose to better yourself this year, I hope that you all reach your goals and start off 2019 on the right foot!