2014 whizzed by like the Comm. Ave bus that waits for no one. As we think back to the beginning of the year, perhaps a few of us can recall our seemingly "achievable" New Year’s resolutions. Did you lose the 15 lbs you gained from gorging on late night freshman year? Spend more time with family when you were home, or friends at school? Steer clear of Grubhub and tolerate Boston College dining to save some extra bucks to go towards studying abroad? Probably not. But the good news is, your opportunity to be hopeful and set new resolutions is here again. If you’re struggling for ideas, here’s some inspiration from a few of our favorite celebrities.
- In 2009, our very own Doug Flutie made a resolution to give back to the community and founded the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. BC is full of service opportunities that range from one time projects to year-round service commitments. Check out the Volunteer and Service Learning Center's page here to get involved this semester. You don't need to start a school in Africa (looking at you, Oprah) to make a difference in someone's world; choose an organization that works with your passions and schedule and make the commitment.
- In 2012, Abigail Breslin wanted “to stop saying Um.” Not sure if this is what you'd expect for a New Year’s resolution, but it certainly sounds like a great King’s cup rule. Attainable goals that seem small can make a difference in the big picture over time: less ums translates to more confident-sounding speech. Talk about taking baby steps towards putting your best foot forward.
- John Mayer said, “I will not use texting as a form of reaching out for superficial attention/affection at all hours of the night. By not micro-trading in my emotional stock value every second of the day, I may just end up seeing the bigger, beautiful picture.” Would you expect any less from the heartthrob himself? But truly this is one that should be on all of our lists. The simple act of leaving our phones in our pockets for once could go along way by deepening relationships or even creating new ones.
- Kelly Ripa has the same resolution every year: “Not to sweat the small stuff!” As we spend our four years stressing about grades, clubs and jobs, this sage piece of advice is what will help us get through it all. If Kelly can find success and happiness (and still look that great after all these years!), then there is hope for us all, too. You go, Kelly, you go.
- In 2014, Snooki tweeted, "My New Years resolution? Hm. To build a muscular ass. #squatssquatssquats.” In other words, as cliché as having a resolution about health is, it is without a doubt the most important one. If making weight loss goals or broad goals like "getting fit" seem unmanageable, follow in Snooki's footsteps and aim small and specific. By focusing on one body part, your end-goal will seem more and more doable. Plus, once that's done, you'll be motivated to keep up the good work! After all, what are we without good health? This semester, make it a goal to take the first step and meet with one of our nutritionists on campus!
- If all these resolutions are nice but not really your thing, don't sweat it (see what we did there?). Ultimately, you could just be like Kevin Bacon who tells it like it is: “I don’t like to make promises to myself that I might not be able to keep because then, you know, whatever, you feel like an idiot. So I don’t do it.” Do what makes you happy, fellow Eags, and happy New Year!