Kansas State University


Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

New Year, New Resolutions

Story by Jackie Newland, sophomore (ACJ)


Students across Kansas State University’ Manhattan campus have made New Year’s resolutions. From academic goals to personal ambitions, agricultural communication and journalism students have set their sights high for 2015.

Dana Schulz, a senior plans to make her last year one to remember. “My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to finish my last year strong,” says Schulz. “This time next year, I will be graduated and ready for a career. I want to learn as much as I can and get the most out of my K-State experience.”

On the other hand, senior Kennedy St. George looks inward to set her goals. “My New Year’s resolution is to be genuinely happy and to develop my design skills,” says St. George.

While New Year’s resolutions are a handy way to accomplish tasks for the next year, some students find them not highly effective. Junior, Nicole Lane said she does not believe in New Years resolutions, but uses bucket lists instead.

“An incredible amount of people fail at them anyway, and I’m not big on failure, so I don’t really believe in something that has such a low success rate,” says Lane.

She found that bucket lists helped her be more specific. “You are less tempted to be vague with bucket lists, and then, instead of feeling like a challenge, it’s more like a to-do list that you are simply checking off,” says Lane. Some items on Lane’s bucket list included graduating from K-State with a 4.0, traveling abroad, finding a job and serving as editor for the Agriculturist.

Whether they buy into the idea of New Year’s resolutions or not, students realize the importance of setting goals for themselves and work hard to achieve them.

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