By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter

The New Year is always a big time for students.

“This year, I’ll do my homework,” they say. “This year, I won’t fail a class.” “This year, I swear, I’ll actually try.”

These self-promises come in all forms, some a small whisper in the night and others a consolidated effort, written on paper and push-pinned to the wall.

Aside from my inability to pronounce “resolutions,” I’ve always enjoyed the thought of a clean slate, the chance to start anew.

Personally, the New Year brings a pastel-colored calendar and a new lease on life. I can truly reinvent myself…at least for the first week. When I set my mind to something, I can jump right in, no holds barred.

For others, however, resolutions are just a waste of time.

“I think it’s good to set goals,” said Jalee Evans, a sophomore, “but you’re almost setting yourself up for failure by starting with the New Year.”

Jalee said if someone sincerely wanted to and was going to put forth the effort for that goal, they don’t need a new year to start that.

“My father says he will quit tobacco, but he also says that every other week,” she said. “People think that their new year resolution has to be something big like that.”

It would be smarter, Jalee thinks, to have a new year’s resolution that begins with having four drinks this week, and then in the next month make it three.

“People jump right in with these big expectations, which is pretty much setting yourself up for failure,” she continued. “My goal this year is to do a split and some crazy yoga poses. I can get there with mini goals and maintain it.”

Lindsay Swalcy, also a sophomore, agrees.

“I think resolutions have good intentions,” she said, “but they really don’t mean much unless you’re very determined to accomplish them.”

While some choose micro-goals and others choose to jump right in, some Ellicottville students use the New Year as an opportunity for introspection and self-evaluation.

“I don’t set resolutions really,” says Ginna Hensel, a senior, “but I look back and reflect and figure out what I can do better.”

As we usher in the New Year serenaded by Steve Harvey, we must ask ourselves what we believe in.

Whether we write our resolutions or change nothing at all, we have the power to change our lives at any time of year.

Though the ball dropped in Times Square, don’t let the ball drop on your New Year.

Be the change, seize the day and make 2019 your year.