BY CHADEIRA MOORE–
It’s been four weeks since a majority of people chanted “New Year, New Me” on multiple occasions, tweeted the same “may-this-year-be-good-to-me” post, and created an endless list of resolutions to accomplish within a 12-month span.
Although New Year’s goals can be motivating, the end-of-the-year results are not.
Approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Reports (For the full article, read here.)
But despite that reality, people with unwavering ambition strive to beat those odds.
Danielle Mainardi, 37, a junior, is one of them, aiming to conquer her strenuous workload.
“My New Year’s Resolution, because it’s the only thing in my life that’s crazy, is to make it through nursing school,” said Mainardi.
She ended her career in finance to pursue nursing; this is her first semester at William Paterson University.
After applying for federal financial aid three times and never enrolling, Mainardi decided to start her career journey this year.
“This goal will mean everything to me. A degree, a career change, good money. All of the above. It’s something I actually went to school for when I was 18,” she said. “And, I just stopped because there was really good money in the ‘90s. This will be an accomplishment I will be proud of. Like No. 1.”
Lexi Reale, 20, a sophomore, is also on a mission to accomplish her goal. She wants to achieve a 3.5 GPA for the overall semester.
“I’m in honors college so it’s easier to set a goal above the 3.25 GPA I need to have,” said Reale. “So, as long as I set it above that, I have a little wiggle room.”
After she graduates in 2020, Reale plans on obtaining her master’s in psychology. In order to get ahead of the game, she wants to make sure her GPA is above the requirements.
Nevertheless, Reale’s goal is already slipping in to that 80 percent group as she begins softball season.
“During my fall semester, I always stick to my goal and my GPA is always above the requirements,” said Reale. “But, when I get to spring semester and start softball, I’m so tired after practice and I won’t do the readings and some of my assignments. Because of that, I’ll probably get a B instead of an A.”
There are various reasons as to why people don’t follow through New Year’s goals.
In Jeremy Munante’s case, however, it’s procrastination.
On New Year’s, he made the goal to switch from being a Pioneer to being a Scarlet Knight.
“I want to transfer to Rutgers University,” said Munante, 19, a sophomore. “As great as William Paterson is, there’s a lot more majors available at Rutgers. The specific major I want happens to be there. I want to major in urban planning and designing. I made the decision to go for the career field I originally wanted to pursue.”
During his final year of high school, Munante wanted to apply to Rutgers, but missed the deadline. Transferring schools provides him with the opportunity to find himself and figure out whether he likes urban planning.
“I have another chance to go to Rutgers and dip my feet into a wilder world,” he said. “It means another opportunity to discover myself, figure out my strengths, and see if I want to pursue urban planning.”
Unfortunately, Munante is repeating his previous mistakes.
“I guess you can say I’ve been slacking,” he admitted. “I only have a few days to turn in my application and I haven’t submitted it yet.”
Photo of the Sydney Harbor Bridge Jan. 1, 2005 was taken by Kvasir at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6850670