After the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, the idea of making New Year’s resolutions returns every year. But how many people actually make New Year’s resolutions and follow through with these new goals? In fact, many Pinewood students have philosophies on New Year’s resolutions that may not fit the stereotypical positive stigma. The common thought around New Year’s resolutions is that they help you start off the new year organized and inspired. This belief has fueled the thought that the new year is the time to set new goals and wishes in order to get motivated to accomplish new and exciting things. However, many Pinewood students wonder why people wait for the new year to set a goal. “Character is the ability of a person to set a task and do it, and to keep doing it after the excitement of the moment wears off. If you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution, just do it on any random day,” junior Alex Dagman said. Dagman is not the only one who has this view on New Year’s resolutions. “Don’t make new year resolutions, because if you want to improve your life, you can do that any time of the year. Why wait until New Year’s?” said French teacher Michael Tetzlaff To some people, however, the new year represents a time to make a change for the better. English teacher Eric Schreiber, for example, vowed to drink more water and sleep better. Computer science teacher Phil Ribaudo resolved to understand his limitations. Another aspect of making New Year’s resolutions, is maintaining the drive and ability to actually keep these goals. “[New Year’s resolutions] are good, but few keep them. If you know you’re going to break it, there is no point making it, but if you are going to keep it then it’s a good goal,” said junior Olivia Hanks. Although Hanks has a less optimistic take on New Year’s resolutions, junior Anne Blotter has a different take. “[New Year’s resolutions] are good for you, and they help you have a focus. They also help you prioritize activities you do and how you spend your time, as well as helping you meet your goals,” Blotter said. Ultimately, the philosophy behind making a New Year’s resolution differs from person to person, depending on mindset and habits. But one thing is for sure: Pinewood students believe that setting goals is important in life.