With the new year just around the corner, many people are looking to clear out some old habits while ringing in the new.
In an effort to make the upcoming year better than year's past, people create resolutions – or goals.
MCCC student Jenna Reiber's goal is to be more positive next year.
“Going in pessimistic affects my performance in class,” she said.
Though Reiber said she is more of a realist, she claims to sometimes become focused on mistakes.
Reiber’s friend, Kylee Murphy, said she would like to stop procrastinating.
Murphy wants to be more productive and believes the first step is to start studying earlier for exams.
However, not everyone puts much stock into New Year’s resolutions.
Student Government Treasurer, Timmy Feaganes continually makes the same resolution.
“I say I’ll lose weight every year, but I never do,” Feaganes said.
While losing weight and exercising are among the most common resolutions, there are some who don’t make New Year’s resolutions at all.
Those people may be on to something. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.
According to psychiatrist Shainna Ali, the problem may be timing.
Though quitting smoking and living a healthier lifestyle are beneficial, Ali said if the person setting the goal is not ready to make the change, they are setting themselves up for failure.
So, rather than jumping into a resolution, take the time to decide on a goal, and make changes when you are ready.