New year … new resolutions

January 8, 2023


David Yu

Fireworks are a traditional way to signal the beginning of a new year with new resolutions.

The start of a new year gave many students and staff at Patrick M. Villano School a chance to make resolutions. Josheau Feingold, a fifth-grader, thought it was fun to make a resolution. 

“One of the goals was to think before I do,” Feingold explained . “I want to accomplish this by practicing to close my mouth before blurting out something rude to someone or stop before hurting someone with my body and ask myself will I regret this, would I get in trouble for it, and am I doing something righteously or am I angry.”  

Feingold thinks that thinking before doing will help him reach that goal. 

“Right now I am doing pretty good at keeping my resolution, but that doesn’t mean I should stop. I would like to keep the good vibes from what I am getting from now to the end of the year,” he said.

A resolution is a decision either to do or not do something. According to the History channel online, “The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year. Meghan Tuchler, the sixth grade ELA teacher, also made a New Year’s resolution. She wants to exercise everyday and not spend money on silly things.

“I made these because I was trying to save for a wedding and I enjoy the feeling working out gives me,” Tuchler stated.

She has a plan to keep her resolutions on track.

“My plan to reach those goals is using a calendar to track when I work out and what days I don’t spend money,” Tuchler said. “I definitely think that having a visual representation of days that you are successful is useful and keeping track of it that way is helpful.”

Dylan Malec, a sixth-grader, also has a resolution to treat his body well. Malec wants to eat healthier foods, and so far so good.

“I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables and less junk food. For example, instead of a cookie or sugary treat, I would have a sliced cucumber,” Malec explained.

He also has some advice for sticking to the resolution.

“A tip I would give to work on a resolution is to make sure the goal is achievable and is nothing too crazy. Make sure you feel confident and positive that you can achieve that goal.”

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