1. Eat Healthier and Exercise. This is one resolution that always seems to be at the top of everyone’s list every year. I usually give it about month before I decide eating healthy is too high maintenance, and the cheap convenient world of fast food takes over my diet, yet again. However, this year I really intend on following through with this resolution because rumor has it that next year I am in jeopardy of gaining the dreaded “freshman 15”, a tragedy for almost every college student.
2. Manage Money More Efficiently. Although I earn minimum wage, the majority of checks are almost immediately spent on food and clothes. I learned the hard way that a $150 paycheck doesn’t go as far you think. The motivation to save money and spend wisely also comes from college, I know that I will be buying ramen noodles and off brand cereal in bulk, so it is important to start saving up now and stop visiting sonic everyday for happy hour.
3. Better Management of Time. This is a resolution that should probably be at the top of my list. With extracurricular activities taking over my life and “Senioritis” hitting me at its peak, setting time aside for school, cheerleading, work, writing, reading, yearbook, broadcasting, and somewhat of a social life will be essential this year, since its my last in McKinney.
4. Read More. When you’re in elementary and middle school reading is a requirement that every student takes for granted. I have always enjoyed reading but let’s face it, whenever it comes to schoolbooks, spark notes usually becomes my best friend. I have started reading for fun again and ever since I picked up The Hunger Games series, I’ve been hooked. Having my Kindle Fire has become very convenient.
5. Focus on School. By “school” I mainly mean college, although my last semester of my senior year is always important too. Finally settling on UNT as my future school, applying for scholarships and financial aid has been overly stressful; with deadlines approaching it becomes more difficult to get everything in on time. The wait for college to start seems like an eternity away, but in reality it’s right around the corner and I’m ready for it, even if that means studying until 3 a.m. and getting my meals from the dollar store.
6. Give Back. To me, giving back isn’t just volunteering at your church for green cord hours, its something that will actually have an impact on someone else’s life. For example, I’m going to do everything I can to help my dad with his campaign for Collin County District Clerk, and I know that no matter what the results are, we will both appreciate each others hard work in the end.
7. Keep My Car Clean. I’ve had my little Jetta for about a year now and ever since day 1 my parents’ always emphasized that I had to keep my car presentable and free of trash. What has it become now? To be honest, if you take a peek inside it looks like I’ve been living there for about 6 months with enough clothes, shoes, and fast food wrappers to prove it.
For everyone trying to follow through with their resolutions; “May the odds be ever in your favor!”
Teen Talk columnist Christine Baker is a senior at McKinney High School. Watch for her column on Fridays.