Hunter Johnson, Commentary Editor
It’s that time of year again, Dallasites. The Christmas holidays have come and gone, the breath of fresh, frigid air that is winter break has ended, and the trials and tribulations of spring-semester classes have begun in earnest. Indeed, jumping back into the saddle after a few short weeks is enough to make anyone lose his hair. We’re a tough lot here, though; we can handle the rigor of a University of Dallas education and somehow still manage to maintain a decent standard of living. Even keeping up with our New Year’s resolutions seems like a feasible task.
Come to think of it, what was my resolution again? Did I make one? Have I ever made one?
Now, let’s be serious: New Year’s resolutions are something cute you might discuss with your family or friends during the week between Christmas and Jan. 1. By the time the new year rolls around, however, how many of us have really stuck to what we resolved for longer than a couple of weeks? Better yet, how many of us have made a resolution we have had any intention of actually keeping?
Of course, there’s nothing truly wrong with this; having a resolution is just as much a personal choice as sticking to the darn thing. That being said, it’s not a bad idea to give resolutions (even this late in the game) a shot, because there’s always room for each of us to improve.
So, let’s suppose you’re shopping around for a resolution this year. As it just so happens, USA.gov has compiled a list of some of the more popular ones. Yes, USA.gov has taken the time and effort to compile a list of popular New Year’s resolutions. Those are our tax dollars at work, people.
Anyway, on that list, you’ll find several resolutions one might like to make. These include resolutions to manage stress, quit smoking or drink less alcohol. Granted, this is UD, so the success of those resolutions here may vary.
Another resolution that the U.S. government has so kindly suggested to citizens is the resolution to do more volunteer work. This is something UDers can wrap their heads around. Clubs and other groups on campus are usually good about providing opportunities for students to help others and the community in general. Those service opportunities are fantastic ways to aid others and improve ourselves in the process.
On a related topic, many clubs here also host guest speakers who are experts in certain fields, hold distinguished positions or have gone through amazing experiences. However, more often than not, these events are attended by a pathetically small number of students. During my freshman year, a lady who survived the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center came to speak on campus. The event was advertised well on campus, but when the night came, the grand total of students in attendance was five, myself included. I found it a shame that a woman with such an incredible story had such a small audience.
This sort of circumstance is so common for campus speakers that it comes close to being considered the norm. We all have busy schedules, but a couple of hours every now and then to hear a guest speaker wouldn’t kill us. Having an audience larger than 10 people at events would make UD look better and would probably make the speakers feel a little better as well.
For those reasons, my resolution is to go to more guest lectures hosted by clubs on campus. Maybe some of you will do the same, or decide to do volunteer work or other activities through clubs. It’s a good idea to do something; if anything, it’s a legitimate excuse to get out of the library and make sure the strange tradition of resolutions stays alive.