New year, same problems


Amanda Despres

Many believe New Year’s Eve is a fresh start, yet still face the same problems as the previous year.

The anticipation and the excitement grows as the ball in Chicago is about to drop, marking the start of the New Year.

The clock strikes midnight, but what now? On the calendar, the two turned to a three and it’s now January, but I am still failing math class, and my bank account is still low.

There is so much hype that comes with New Year’s, as though it’s a magical day.

While it does bring hope and a time of starting over for some, you will realize you still have the same worries on Jan. 1 as you did on Dec. 31.

New Year’s Eve is also not the only time that you can make resolutions for yourself.

When talking about New Year’s resolutions, most of them don’t last past January. Yet, we still pressure ourselves to make resolutions and change the way we live in a matter of seconds once that clock strikes 12 a.m.

According to, it takes from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. So, when we fail the resolutions we made for ourselves within the first week of January, we feel defeated and wait till next January to try again.

So, this hype that comes with New Year’s Eve and resolutions is just unnecessary.

I wish Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 were just regular days. I would be able to go to bed at my normal time and not feel the pressure of going out. For people like me, I love to get good sleep, so when I stay out until 2 a.m. I wake up January 1st tired and wanting to stay in bed all day. If I don’t go out though, I can’t sleep because of the intense FOMO that keeps me awake.

In the middle of November, I find myself online shopping for an outfit and texting every single person in my contacts asking What are your plans for New Years Eve?

There is so much pressure associated with New Year’s Eve that it is unnecessary. It’s a new year with the same worries after all.