So fresh, so clean

Taylor Rocca, Copy/Web Editor Ω

Welcome back to a fresh year, a fresh semester and a fresh start, folks.

Big Boi and Andre 3000 of Outkast once sang, “so fresh, so clean.” Okay, so maybe they were talking about their attire, but let’s look at it in a metaphorical light for the purpose of this conversation.

It’s the first week back to class, not even two weeks into 2013. You’ve got a fresh set of resolutions and goals and nothing is going to get in your way.

Typically, I am not one for new year resolutions. I’ve always been of the opinion that new year resolutions are simply a set-up for disappointment and failure.

For some reason, my take on new year resolutions has done a 180-degree turn in 2013.

I know that this year I have set out a rough compilation of goals and expectations for 2013. I plan on using these as a motivator and driving factor as I do my best to conquer 2013.

A study conducted by the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and published on Dec. 13, 2012 revealed that 45 per cent of Americans make resolutions every year when the big ol’ ball falls once again in Times Square. On the flip side of that coin, 38 per cent of Americans never make a resolution.

Here is the kicker, which also happens to function as the primary reason why I have previously avoided making resolutions of my own: only eight per cent of Americans are ever successful in achieving their resolution. Is that demoralizing or what?

Stop — don’t jump off the treadmill and go racing for that box of doughnuts just yet. There is still hope.

What if I were to tell you that the same study also found the most successful group to achieve its new year resolutions falls within the demographic right here on our very campus? 39 per cent of people in their 20s are successful in achieving their new year resolutions while only 14 per cent of the 50-plus crowd will achieve their new year goals and aspirations.

And our senior citizens think they know everything. Looks like the 20-something crowd can finally lay claim to a respectable victory in the on-going generational, parent-child battle.

If that isn’t encouraging enough for you, the study found another tell-tale statistic. Those who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t explicitly make resolutions. Essentially, if you tell yourself you are going to do something and you stick to your guns, there isn’t much that can get in your way.

You might be sitting here reading this, saying to yourself, “Whatever, resolutions are all psychological anyways. I don’t need a new year to make changes,” or “new year resolutions won’t help me achieve my goals, they’re just a bunch of psychological hullabaloo.”

I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with you. After all, this study was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

But if the thought of a clean slate and new beginning helps motivate people to enjoy life and make the world around them better, why rain on that parade? All the power to them, as far as I am concerned.

On that note, welcome back to TRU. Here is your clean slate. A new year full of exciting possibilities and unpredictable adventures. Whether they happen to be academic, personal or professional, 2013 is yours for the taking. Go out, grab a hold of it and make it your own. Don’t let any Pessimistic Pete or Paula stand in your way. Best of luck and I’m sure I’ll see you somewhere along the way.

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