My Resolutions For 2019 And How I'll Accomplish Them

My New Year's Resolutions And How I Plan To Accomplish Them

2018 was a great year for me, in so many ways. I learned extremely valuable lessons and had chances to engage in amazing opportunities. I was definitely blessed to have experienced such a teaching year. However, despite the highlights of the previous year, there were many areas for personal growth and improvement. Here's how I plan to tackle these areas in 2019.


One of the highlights of my 2018 was beginning my freshman year of college at the University of Maryland. I was (and still am) beyond excited to be accepted and have the means to attend my dream school. While I succeeded in my first semester academically, other areas of my life began to falter a bit and many of those are going to be my focus of improving during 2019.

For starters, I am a very social and talkative person by nature. I enjoy meeting new people and I receive my energy from interactions with others. However, I feel that with all the change I was confronted with at the beginning of college, I didn't truly allow myself to branch out socially like I hoped I would be able to. At times, I was often too in my head about being my authentic self in fear of social rejection. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to tap into my authentic self and embrace it in social situations, which will undoubtedly lead to more social fulfillment.

Along with being my authentic self socially, I want to establish a better balance between maintaining schoolwork, talking to family, staying in contact with friends from home, and having fun at college with friends. At times, when I felt I was sufficiently managing one area, the other areas would be suffering. My goal for myself is to establish a more cohesive life balance and to integrate these parts of my life into my daily and weekly habits.

Along with the change in environment and academics, my activity levels changed as well in the latter half of 2018. I went from working 6 hours a day in the summertime to being in class, studying, or doing coursework. I also began going to the gym, a habit which I felt invigorated about in the beginning, but quickly lost motivation to maintain my efforts by my second or third month in school. However, during December, I was itching to get back into the gym and felt a definite lapse in my physical health. I was invited by a few of my friends to join them at a workout class, and I enjoyed myself so much! I've decided to put a concerted effort into attending at least one workout class per week and adding more if time and workload allows.

Among many other residual goals, one of my last resolutions for 2019 is to engage in the activities that bring me happiness or that I feel drawn to. No more are the days of going to events on campus "because I feel like I should" or neglecting to communicate my disinterest in things that involved myself in before I was aware of how I felt about it. At the end of the day, I owe myself the opportunity to shuffle my involvements to what best serves me. I deserve the right to willingly partake in activities that contribute to what I envision myself doing in the future and get me closer to that future, and to decline those that don't.

These resolutions won't be easy, but they are definitely attainable. I know that if I shift my focus and concentrate on these goals, my 2019 will not only be great, but it'll set me up for even more success and development in the future as I continue to evolve.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."


Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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