U Students take on Resolutions

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(Photo by Conor Barry)

By Stefanie Arevalo

New Year’s is a time for people to set new goals, and U students are no exception.

Jane Griffith, a sophomore, has resolved to declare her major.

“I have just finished my last semester of generals, and I think I know what I’m going to study” Griffith said. “I realized how much I like art and the way that things are built, so I am really leaning towards architecture.”

The New Year’s resolutions most people make have common themes throughout the year. The top resolutions include losing weight, falling in love, saving money, learning a new skill and traveling, according to statisticbrain.com. But Forbes Magazine forecasts that only eight percent of 2015 resolutions will actually be kept.

Dan Shi, a senior in math, isn’t letting that stop him. He was excited to participate in American New Year’s traditions for the first time this year.

“Traditions in Japan are very different than in the United States,” he said. “I have noticed that the traditions share a theme of all being about starting new and fresh and working towards a bright future.”

Shi and his wife brought in 2015 by watching fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge in California.

Emilie Smith, an undeclared freshman, has a good track record keeping New Year’s resolutions.

“When I was in high school, I was kind of a chubby girl,” Smith said. “Once New Year’s rolled around, I decided that I was going to make a change and fix my life. I was watching my eating habits and also exercising regularly. By the time I reached December, I was down 50 pounds and nominated in the royalty of my high school. While those things seem superficial, it did miracles for my self esteem and made me realize that I could achieve any of my goals.”

This year she plans to travel and have new experiences.

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