The start of a new year represents different things for people, such as a fresh start or a new beginning. Often times, people use the new year as a way to make resolutions and goals for the 12 months ahead, Doane students and staff included.
While not all students have made resolutions, a survey taken showed that over 50 percent of students that answered had made some sort of resolution for the new year.
Over 69 percent of students that answered the survey said they have kept up with their resolution thus far.
Senior Katie Peterson said she usually makes two or three resolutions for every new year. Peterson made resolutions to be more consistent in working out and reflecting in a journal once a week.
Peterson said, “My best advice for keeping resolutions is to be forgiving to yourself if you mess up. We are human and we need to work on being better, not perfect.” Peterson has kept both of her resolutions so far and keeps herself on track by writing in her calendar.
Sophomore Taylor Ball said she makes resolutions every year to give herself a goal to work towards and a way to reflect on the previous year. One of Ball’s resolutions is to do more things that bring her joy.
“I think I have put my own happiness on the back burner and have put other things before myself,” Ball said, “that really backfired and was unsustainable so I want to fix that.”
Events and Conference Coordinator Arianne Stuhr did not make the usual New Year’s resolution. Instead, Stuhr chose one word for her year. In her answer to the survey, Stuhr said “I choose one word for the year that I focus on through all situations.” This year she chose the word “grateful.”
“This year I really wanted to focus on being grateful for every gift in my life and every moment. I am extremely blessed and I don't want to forget that through the tough times in life,” Stuhr said. Rather than making a list of resolutions, Stuhr chose a theme word because it is easier to keep to. “It is more about an attitude change than a long to-do list,” Stuhr said.
Not all resolutions come in the typical goal format that we may think of. Some students, such as Stuhr, have gone outside of the box by focusing on self-reflection.