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Are New Years Resolutions Out for 2024?

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Sophomore Madi Adams takes advantage of the warm December weather in Florida as she watches the fireworks by the water on New Year’s Eve. Many people choose to watch fireworks on TV stations at midnight while a handful still light the sky up with their own. Photo courtesy of Madi Adams.

The most asked question when January 1st rolls around is “what are your new year’s resolutions”, or at least it used to be. Many people heading into 2024 aren’t making any resolutions. When asked if they knew anyone who did, four out of four students had no one in mind. Has the fun of sticking to a goal run out? Or have we just given up on persistence? Sophomore, Valerie Londono, says people are failing resolutions because “they can get unmotivated easily”.  

With that, Sophomore, Ella Stewart believes “people make too big of them [resolutions] and get overwhelmed”. This could turn a positive new year’s resolution into a negative chore, rather than a way to “become a better version of yourself” (Stewart). The fear of failing may be a factor that steers people away. Times Magazine writes “80% of people fail their resolutions by February.”  

On the contrary, some people do not believe in new year’s resolutions at all. Sophomore Gabby Donish doesn’t support the popular, yearly tradition. “You can begin something new any time of the year” said Donish. This allows people to get motivated on their own clock rather than feel the pressure of beginning at a certain point. The purpose of new year’s resolutions is to focus on self-improvement, to Donish’s point, what’s stopping people from beginning in any other month?  

“New year, new me” is a widely known statement that creates a stressful stigma to change around the new year. Starting your new year’s resolution in November or early December can alleviate some stress that follows. This allows you to start the new year already in consistency instead of worrying about changing everything as soon as the clock hits midnight. Plus, if you fail before the new year, there’s still time to recoup and try again. Overall, new year’s resolution’s intentions are positive, but come with lots of pressure along the way. Whether you choose to make one, or not, is up to you.  

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My name is Jenna Fortenberry, and I am a sophomore. This is my first year in the Oracle. Outside of school, I enjoy playing softball, which is technically an “inside school interest” because I play for Steinbrenner during the fall and spring seasons. I also play travel softball for the Clearwater Bullets. We usually play in Gainesville tournaments during the school year, but in summer we’ve traveled all the way to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. In school I really enjoy participating in DECA. The club goes to competitions with real-life marketing situations. Last year, my partner and I won second place in districts for our event; buying and merchandising. We qualified for states in Orlando and scored a top 10 role play. I also am a member of Warrior Sports Network (WSN) where we post games, scores, practices, media, and cover players. It’s taught me how to work with a team and collaborate towards a common goal. As for the Oracle, I want to display my point of view on interesting topics as well as bring more popularity and readers to the website.   
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