New Semester's Resolutions

by Grace Weinstein

Photo by Michaela Johnston

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?

It is a dreaded question. How am I going to make myself better this year? Am I really going to start eating healthy? Am I actually going to try to make it to my 8 a.m. class?

We always try to start the year with our best foot forward—we commit to becoming better people who do better things. Perhaps the most common New Year’s Resolution is to hit the gym, especially in preparation for spring break coming in March.

“It’s annoying when everyone has the same New Year’s Resolution as you because they’re just taking your spot on the machines at the gym,” said sophomore Sally Yang (COM ’18). If you are looking for the BU’s most popular spot, head over to FitRec to observe the masses over a nice smoothie. Maybe you can find room at the ping-pong table.

If frequenting FitRec is not your style, most people adjust their focus on getting their grades up. At a university as academically competitive as BU, students are constantly trying to better their work ethic and defy the grade deflation. As soon as students arrive back on campus after winter break, they begin to ring in the new semester with a visit to Mugar Memorial Library for a study session.

“There is always room for improvement in my study habits,” Sophie Levy (CGS ’18) said. “This semester is about putting in the work to do my best. I’m planning on being inseparable from my third floor cubicle.”

Maybe this is the semester of trying to make hundreds of notecards, or maybe it is time to find a tutor. If you are erring towards the latter, you may fall into the type of BU student whose New Year’s Resolution is to manage their money differently.

As college students we are ever-improving our financial abilities, from spending to saving. “Money Matters” is not just a tab on Student Link, but a contentious topic of student-parent phone calls. When it comes to money, we have all been victims of sharp tongues from our parents and tight wallets. So how might we look for the green light to begin saving more and spending less? A New Year’s Resolution perhaps?

“I’m going to stop ordering in Kayuga and learn how to make sushi myself,” Samantha Uzbay (CFA ’18) said. She considers herself a sushi addict but knows that is a costly habit. With all of the food options in Boston, students find it difficult to curtail their spending, especially on late night snacks.

Many students attribute the biggest loss of money to late night spending—you’re welcome T. Anthony’s. Hopefully New Year’s resolutions including eating healthier and spending less won’t damage profits too much!

We’d love to know if you are keeping up with your resolutions come March. For now, 20 push-ups.