By TJ Murphy ‘20

Different holidays call for different celebrations and traditions. But, almost everywhere worldwide, there is at least one constant; to celebrate the new year.

One of the oldest and most celebrated traditions has been around for over 4,000 years. New Years’ resolutions are implemented around the globe each new year.  “New Year, New Me” is a term coined during the 80’s that calls for a turnaround in that person’s life.

Whether it improves health, self-esteem, organization, etc. it will always be beneficial to change an aspect of your life that needs improving. Many Brother Rice Crusaders took part in one of the most celebrated traditions.

Former offensive lineman for the Crusader football team Jack O’Leary’s resolution has been to cut off all that weight from being in the trenches.

“My New Year’s resolution this year is to cut my daily doughnut out of my diet. Before school each morning, I would go to Dunkin and buy myself a chocolate long john to get me through my day.”

Up to 80 percent of all resolutions fail. Cutting something out of daily lifestyle can be tough, it takes a strong minded individual to follow through on their resolution.

Fellow senior Jake Summer, also decided to go the healthy route.

“My resolution is to hit the gym a couple times per week,” said Summers. “I plan on doing this by working out with a partner to keep me motivated.”

In order to follow through with a resolution, the goal must be reasonable and beneficial. People tend to think that a resolution must be life-changing, but in reality, it is not that deep.

Junior Pat Ward’s New Year’s Resolution is something his parents must be proud of.

Pat said, “My parents like to keep their eye on me, but when I blow past my curfew, it is hard for them to do their job. So, my resolution is to make my parents proud by coming home on time all year round.”

Whether they’re easy, hard, or life-changing, it is always good to commit to a goal and follow through with it. Just like the Crusaders, many people are taking part in one of the most celebrated traditions worldwide.

Will your resolution be part of the 20 percent that succeed?