New year, new goals

Ferris students set goals for themselves for 2022

Graphic by: Sienna Parmelee | Production Assistant

New Year’s resolutions are made each January by people who want to change something for the upcoming year, and each year people both succeed and fail in their goals. Students at Ferris are no different.

Ferris Student Oceanna Mull made a resolution to “make a healthier lifestyle change as well as do things that make me happier.”

She isn’t the only student to make resolutions either. Junior Andrew Bueche has also made resolutions. In fact, he made a whole file of resolutions.

“The file is goals for 2022,” Bueche said. “One goal I have is begin attending open mic nights, experimenting with stand-up comedy experience, and testing out my skills, starting with five to 10-minute shows with a couple of goofy stories.”

With those aspirations for the new year, there need to be ways to keep up with them.

“I actually have a friend who has experience with stand-up comedy since he was 17 years old,” Bueche said, “so I met with him and we had like, comedy discussion pretty much and he showed me like his jokes and stuff and I showed him mine and then our next move is looking for an open mic night.”

He has also contacted Crankers in Big Rapids hoping for a response.

Mull said that she has been able to keep to her resolutions for the most part, but there have been a few slip-ups.

The fact that both Mull and Bueche are students also affects how they can keep up with their resolutions.

Bueche thinks that school gets in the way of his resolution, saying it would be easier to pursue it.

“I would definitely have a lot more time on my hands to pursue these and I would be forced to do, kind of because I have nothing else to do,” Bueche said.

For Mull School is both good and bad when it comes to keeping her resolutions. In the past, when the pandemic shut the university down, she was able to focus on herself more.

“It was nice to just focus on myself and school because my housing was paid for and I didn’t work due to William’s Auditorium shutting down with the school, so I saved all my unemployment money to go back towards things I needed for school,” Mull said.

However, according to Mull, being in school also helps her.

“I wouldn’t even have the resolution if I wasn’t in school. When the pandemic first started, I was alone from March 2020 until August 2020 with just my roommate on campus,” Mull said, “it was hard on me not having a job, doing classes online, and not being around my sorority sisters because at the time, that was my support system when I started to slip up and struggle mentally.”

While both Mull and Bueche have made their own resolutions, they also think that resolutions are becoming less popular with people.

“This is honestly the first year I’ve officially made one because ironically the opposite happens. I feel like if I say I am going to do something then I am already setting myself up for failure basically,” Mull said.

Meanwhile, when Bueche was with his friends over the winter break, he said he was the only one who had made any resolutions.

“I was like, “Hey, what’s your 2022 goals?” And most of them said they didn’t have any so I would say it’s probably less popular to actually take initiative and write some goals down,” Bueche said.

While it may be possible that resolutions are becoming less popular with time, there are obviously still people willing to try and keep up with them. What becomes of those resolutions is something that only time will tell.