By Raleigh Norris, Anna Maria Gardiner, and Hayley Younginer

It’s December 31st and you and all of your friends are gathered around the TV, anticipating the moment that the Time Square ball drops, kicking off the start of the New Year.

As soon as the countdown is over, everyone suddenly has a strong determination to begin making changes and reach new goals–something we all know as New Years resolutions.

“I think resolutions are a good idea because they give you a goal, and it’s much easier to reach a destination if you have a goal,” senior Gordon Lisle said.

Everyone’s New Years resolution is unique to their own lifestyle, but there are several prevalent resolutions that tend to be common at the start of every new year.

“For a guy, I think the number one resolution is to get better at sports, and for a girl, I think it is to save money to buy new things,” freshman Logan Cochcroft said.

Another extremely popular new years resolution, especially among adults, is exercising more and getting fit.

“Losing weight is definitely the number one New Year’s resolution,” librarian Jennifer Collins said.

Some families don’t take New Years resolutions very seriously, while others make a tradition out of sharing their new goals and plans for the year.

“Usually my family makes a list of goals together at the beginning of the year that we want to try to work on together,” senior Glenn Niles said.

Glenn, whose New Years resolution is to attend church more often, believes that there are many strategies to keeping up with your goals throughout the year.

“I think it’s important to share your goals with other people because it creates accountability,” Glenn said. “If you have embarrasing resolutions, though, it might not be a good idea to share them. Keep those to yourself.”

Another strategy that many people use to keep up with their New Years resolution is finding others who can relate.

“Find people who have the same goal so that you can support each other throughout the

year and work on that resolution together,” Gordon said.

Some believe that New Years resolutions are overrated and nearly impossible to stick to for a steady 365 days.

“I think resolutions are a good idea in theory but in execution it really doesn’t become reality,” junior Lauren Jones said.

However, some see hope in keeping their resolutions as long as there is a constant drive to work hard and to make 2015 a fantastic year. Sophomore Shelby Andrysczyk, whose New Years resolution is to keep good grades, has this hopeful outlook on her goals.

“I think I will keep my resolution because I can show determination,” Shelby said. “Determination is key to keeping your goals.”

This year, several teachers decided to ignite this determination in their students by doing activities based around New Years resolutions, one being psychology teacher Elizabeth Bryan.

“I did the New Years resolution activity because psychology is all about self improvement. You can’t improve yourself unless you are aware of things you need to work on,” Bryan said. “If you think about your goal, plan how to reach it, and take steps towards it, studies show that you are more likely to accomplish it.”