Melissa is a 16 year old from Valley Stream, New York. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and hanging with her family.
Each New Year is a time for change and a fresh start. New Year Resolutions are often made as a promise to accomplish a specific goal during the year. My personal Goal is to concentrate solely on school and to join a yoga class to help me become physically and mentally healthier. After interviewing many teens, the Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions I came to find were:
- Get better grades in school
- Get in shape
- Become a better person
Many of the teens that I interviewed are juniors or sophomores in high school and are looking forward in their high school careers. Their academic success is driven by the need to be recognized by the colleges they are aiming to get into. They also want to do the best they can now so they can potentially obtain scholarships to help pay for college.
Other teens are now opting to get in shape and be healthier. With the alarming rise of obesity, teens do not want to become part of that statistic. Starting to exercise and eat healthier now will in the long run, physically and mentally get them in shape. The mental aspect being, they will feel a new sense of renewal and overall have a happier and stable mind set.
In regards to the “Become a Better Person Goal,” I have found that many teens want to start giving back to their community and help those who are in need. Instead of spending their time shopping at the mall, they want to instead opt to volunteer at local animal shelters or Senior Citizen homes, where they can lend a helping hand.
On the other hand, other teens want to mentally become a better person. My friend would like to stop cursing this year. In every single sentence, there are at least two curses that come out of her mouth. Even though her resolution is small, it will make a big impact. First of all, her friends will not be impacted by her and will not be tempted to curse. Second of all, when she is speaking to someone of authority such as a teacher or someone that is interviewing her for a job, there is less likely a chance for a dirty word to slip out of her mouth and ruin her chances of getting the job or have her teacher scold her for the unnecessary language. In addition, other teens would like to become a better person by being nice to those around them, and not get mad for every little thing that other teens say or do to bother them.
While it is easier said than done, I think that every teenager should right down their specific goals they want to accomplish this year. Writing down what you would like to get accomplished will help. Articulate your goals on a piece of paper and put it somewhere you will see it every day. Reading it over and over will help it to stick in your head and remind you what to focus on and not to leave it there as just another goal, you simply forgot about…