New Semester Resolutions

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” – Carl Bard

“Never stop trying to become better than the you of yesterday” – Amy Rolniak

I have never been a fan of New Year Resolutions, but I am a fan of striving to be better.  Name three things you want to do better this semester.  Also include some obstacles that might get in your way.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday February 4 at 11:59 pm. To get full credit you will need three “resolutions” and three potential obstacles. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name. I will also accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on.  The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points, and you cannot receive extra credit unless your assignment is on time.

I love you more than new beginnings!!

Mrs. R.

113 thoughts on “New Semester Resolutions

  1. First off, I want to improve my patience during rehearsals. I feel as though I often get frustrated when I am ready to move on while other may just need more time on a certain part. I need to take into better consideration that I happen to have a rather easy part and a lot of people have to learn harmony parts that are hard to memorize. My biggest obstacle is going to be maintaining my patience. I need to be more understanding to others needs. Secondly, I want to take Lachen und Weinen as a chance to improve my habits when learning foreign language pieces. I never let it get ingrained into my brain that I needn’t to translate the piece and throughly understand the meaning in its original language. I love the impressiveness of singing in another language ,but I find that I forget to translate the piece. My biggest obstacle is going to be doing a thorough job with the piece. Finally, I hope to improve on just having a good time. I feel like I often get so caught up in rehearsal and getting the job done right that I forget to spend time with others. I hope to improve my relationship with everyone else.

  2. I have many goals for the new year, some are fairly easy but others are things that I have wanted to change for a while. First of all is my eating habits. Like every other teen I eat my fair share of bad foods, but since type 2 diabetes is common in my family, I have to watch what I eat more. I was vegetarian for a few years but had to stop, now I want to be vegan. Beside the health benefits, it is also great for the environment (yay!). The only obstical to this is that no one else in my family eats this way. My family is basically carnivores, so having to adjust will be hard, yet I can solve this by making my own shopping list or shopping for myself. My next goal is to get more sleep. I tend to stay up late procrastinating homework, watching Netflix, or just doing random things, which combined with the early wake up for school, is not a good combination. My obstical to this would be my night-owl personality. I love to stay up late, I can’t fall asleep early, I hate the mornings, I always have. To solve this, I can adjust my schedule to help myself relax before sleeping, or try reading before bed. Lastly, is just to stop procrastinating. I know everyone has this goal, but I procrastinate so much. Whether Is history homework, choir dances, or English reading, I wait until the last minute and this year it has really backfired for me. My roadblock would probably be the habits that I’ve ingrained in myself, which will be hard to break. But I’m hoping to combat this through things like setting alarms to schedule myself, discipline/reward, and keeping myself focused and organized.

  3. First of all, I would like to improve on how to look at life in a more positive perspective. I know it may sound cliche but optimism is something I really struggled with for the first semester, especially since now I’m a junior and I now have more responsibility on my shoulders. This could still affect me now considering the fact that I still have a lot to accomplish, such as our pieces for competition or AP testing or just schoolwork in general. However, I also realize that when I think negative, I forget to enjoy the little moments I spend with my wonderful friends and I know now that it’s important that I cherish the people I have by my side for the remainder of this year, including the seniors who I’ll have to say goodbye to very soon. Second, I plan to prioritize school a little more so that my academics are solid before the school year ends. Last semester, I admit, I was focused a little more on choir than in school, which wasn’t a good idea, so this semester I plan on prioritizing school as much as I can to make sure I finish junior year with solid grades. Lastly, I intend to be a more encouraging and inspiring role model towards my peers, including the young freshmen who have a long way still ahead of them. I admit, I’m not much of an inspiring person so it will take some time for me to develop into someone that others can look up to, but I believe that it is doable and that it can be done

  4. One of my goals is to be more motivated. It’s really easy for me to just be lazy and not try new things or get simple things done. I really want to change that so I’m more productive. Luckily, working on it is super easy as long as I am aware of the things I need to do or want to do, and I think about how disappointed I’ll feel if I don’t get it done. I also want to become a better dancer! I’ve found that dancing is really fun and I’ll want to continue it as a hobby after high school. Practice makes perfect AKA I’ve been doing the same kpop choreography for 3 months trying to perfect it. Lastly, I want to be more happy, kind, and carefree. I feel being happy and kind comes naturally with being carefree. I need to remind myself other people’s opinions (in most cases) shouldn’t bother me or they don’t even matter to me. If I’m confident in who I am or what I believe I shouldn’t let others get in the way of that. So, working on that means working on myself to be more strong and confident.

  5. My resolutions for this semester are to practices the dances more, stop comparing myself to other people, and have a better attitude. First, I want to improve my dancing skills. Because it’s my first year in choir, it’s a little intimidating seeing everyone else dance because I don’t have as much experience. Last semester I know if I practiced a little more I could’ve done better in our show. One obstacle I have is fitting it into my day, but I know that it’s important and if I make time for it, it’ll be worth it and i’ll see improvement. Another resolution I have for myself is to stop comparing myself to other people. This one is really hard for me. I tend to always find someone to compare myself to, whether it’s in choir, school, or just life in general. This year i’m really trying to focus on me and how I can improve from last year, rather than matching up to someone else. I know that whatever I do in life, there’s always going to be people I compare myself to, but if I focus on how to improve myself and stop worrying about how I compare to them, I know i’ll be a lot happier. My last goal for this year is to have a better attitude. My mom always tells me that attitude is everything. Even when I don’t want to go to a dance rehearsal or be at school, having a good attitude about it and thinking positively, makes it better. If I dwell on what else I could be doing, it won’t help the situation. When i’m in a better mood, my friends and the people around me usually are too.

  6. For this semester, my goals I am striving for are not out of reach and I can definitely achieve them if I set my mind to it
    1. my first resolution is to be more frequent about marking my music and making sure I make everything clear for myself so I can learn a piece easier. I think my biggest conflict is that I get too caught up in singing and whats going on around me when I need to focus on what I need to help myself with
    2. my second goal is my overall head state going into class in the morning, I need to be more attentive and positive about everything. the obstacle I face is that it is a morning class and I am not a morning person so I am not as efficient in the morning but I will start to focus on the tasks at hand rather than dwell on the fact that I’m tired.
    3. lastly, my biggest semester goal is to work on my dancing overall, I need to be looser and get down the tempos in my head. the hardest part of this resolution is I can’t get caught up with the feeling that I’m not as fast at learning as some of the other girls but I just remember that Ive improved since I started last year and theres no where to go but up.

  7. I’ve had some trouble with articulating my semester goals which has resulted in my late response. Part of me is embarrassed with my resolutions and I was really contemplating just hand writing them, but I think actually posting will give me something to look back on. Almost like a written proof of my goals. My first semester goal is to gain weight.I’m pretty underweight at the moment and its really affecting my energy levels, my balance, and my self confidence. A obstacle I will have to face is that I am not a fan of food and I am a picky eater. As dumb as it sounds, eating is just not something I look forward to and I often times skip meals. However, its incredibly important that I do whats best for my body. My next goal is to stop trying to please everybody. It’s so unhealthy for me, yet I fear being hated, I’ve had this mentality for so long that it will be hard for me to change it. However, it is also important. My last goal is to really focus on my music. I’m doing a concert in a couple months, which I’m very excited about, so I need to do my best to perform both my Indian and my regular music the best I can. The obstacle I have with this one is finding the time to practice as I am a busy gal.

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