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By GHADEER ALARADI, Student Life Editor

Every New Year’s, students come up with resolutions to stick to throughout the year, but do they follow through with them? The Michigan Journal asked students on their thoughts about New Year’s resolutions and their goals for the winter semester.

“I don’t believe in becoming a different person, but this year I want to be more organized,” said Malak Nasser, a sophomore with a major in Biology.

“I cleaned my room and I quit my second job because I want to focus more on school,” she said. She wants to try to focus more on her grades rather than work.

“People never follow through,” said Ari Harris, a junior studying communications. He said that he does not believe in having a new year’s resolution because he does not have to wait until January 1 to set a goal for himself.

“I don’t really try to set a resolution for myself, but I try to have a fresh mindset,” said Emily McBride, a junior studying Liberal Studies.

McBride does have goals for the new semester, which are to be more organized and study more outside of class.

McBride said that her friend that works at the gym described the attendance they have throughout the year. “In January and February they have so many new members but by the summer, people just stop coming.”

“It’s just another day,” said Ashley Sandelin, a freshman studying Health Policy Studies. She said that she does not believe in a resolution now, but can possibly change her mind in the future.

“I plan to study more and improve my grades,” she said about her goals for the new semester.

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“One of my goals is to lose weight, but I easily get distracted,” said Siddiqa Rizvi, a freshman studying Psychology. She said she witnessed many people who did not stick to theirnew year’s resolution.

“For this semester, I’ll try not to procrastinate, join new clubs, and work out,” said Rizvi.

“It’s nice to try and reset yourself, but I don’t believe you can totally change yourself,” said Emily Pauling, a senior studying English and Communications.

One of Pauling’s resolutions is to eat healthier, not procrastinate for the new semester, and to be on top of things from the beginning of the semester.

“We do New Year’s resolutions to try and better ourselves, but we have habits that get in the way,” said Pauling. She said that she will stick to her resolution for a while, but will probably not stick to it the whole year.

“My resolution is to be more open to people,” said Mark Haas, a freshman studying electrical engineering.

Haas does not believe that people completely change themselves because it’s New Year’s. He thinks they can change any day of the year. “The people that I’m friends with stick to the goals they set for themselves,” he said.

“My goals for the semester are to stick to good study habits because I work full time, and I’m a full time student,” he said.

“I don’t know anyone who has even made a resolution and stuck to it,” said Janis Taylor, a senior studying finance.

“I just don’t do it,” she said. “Anything you want to change in yourself, you can do any day.” Taylor has known too many people who have had a resolution and did not follow through throughout the year.

“Maybe it’s the timing of New Year’s,” she said. She explained that people should set goals for themselves when it is more convenient. For example, when people set goals to lose weight, it shouldn’t be in January because it’s colder, Taylor explained.

Taylor’s goals for the semester are to improve her GPA, and to quit bad study habits such as procrastination.