January 2020 is in full swing and the high of turning over a new leaf is losing momentum. Next month, you’ll chicken out of dyeing your hair blond, everything that isn’t Keto will be back in your kitchen cabinets and you’re already thinking twice about throwing away that sweatshirt from your ex-boyfriend of sophomore year. 

But it’s 2020 and the new decade is upon us, meaning if there is a time to reinvent yourself, it’s now or never (if not 10 years down the road). Don’t lose grip, because there is no better place than Gonzaga to reflect, reinvent and reward yourself for character development. 

Daniel Dangca, senior coordinator for liturgical life in the University Ministry Office, has been the New Year’s resolution champion for the last six years.

“Eight years ago, I was 60 pounds heavier, but I kept this resolution and that is not to check a scale,” Dangca said. “So, I will continue not checking a scale for another year, this is year seven.”

Dangca is also dedicating himself to not drive to campus at least once a week and being conscious of where he spends his money as a consumer. 

“In 2020, we are in an election year,” Dangca said. “So, I want to be a lot more conscious about big corporations and the commercial world in general.”

When it comes to establishing goals for 2020, Dangca will tell you it’s never too late, and to never pick a resolution that you will binge on after the year is over. 

“Have a commitment to be changed physically, emotionally and spiritually through your resolutions,” he said.  

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint. So, use the motivation and momentum you have in the new year to make these decisions, but be OK with rewarding yourself.”

A marathons is more than a metaphor for these resolutions. For some, it is the resolution.

“I really want to run a marathon,” senior Jackie baca said. “It’s a huge [resolution], but I’ve been wanting to do one for a long time.”

 Baca has established a goal to exercise regularly this year, but is calling herself to take a patient and self-loving approach.

“Working out is a big one. For me, it is hard to learn to give myself grace,” Baca said. “Looking at it in a more positive lens and be completely honest with yourself instead of holding a regimen and telling yourself you failed. It’s not like you fail, it’s just there can be breaks and things in life happen.”

In the remaining time seniors have on campus before embarking on a new adventure, Baca recognizes 2020 resolutions look different this year.

“Going into our last semester, it’s weird to do long-term, one-year resolutions because there are going to be so many changes,” she said. “But, for this semester, I really want to focus on quality time and intentional relationships.” 

However, as the academic storm carries into monsoon season, it is easy to lose sight of what is important this semester. 

To all students who want to make the most of it, Baca advises to not forget what is around you and to remember to experience the small moments that mean the most. To the seniors, celebrate all the “lasts” and embrace the second half of 2020 as the next adventure. 

Senior Ryan Castillo is dedicating 2020 to living up the lasts. 

“Just the fact that it is the last semester of senior year, a lot of people have told me to do everything I possibly can because I’m not going to be able to do that in the future,” he said. “I want to say ‘yes’ and try to fight being tired, because I know this is possibly my last time to ever do these things.”

Castillo has hopes to bring his resolutions into the cyber space. 

“I want to start vlogging,” he said. “I got a new video camera, so I think it would be cool to vlog what I do with my life and in my last semester, so I can look back at this time later and see all the cool things I did in college.” 

Castillo has high hopes to become TikTok famous this year, hopefully with a dance he would name, “The ZigZag.” 

To the students who haven’t thought of a New Year’s resolution, know it is still early in 2020 and there are 11-plus months left to set self-bettering goals. 

“Break it down into smaller steps,” Baca said. “Life happens and things are going to come up and life will get busy. But just because you haven’t met a certain goal, you can still reevaluate and find a better way to make that resolution fit into your schedule or fit into what you’re going through with life in that moment.”

So, take 2020 with full force. Everything from hitting the weights to embracing the small moments (and vlogging while you do it) are in reach, and know there is a college filled with aspiring students, faculty and staff who are running that marathon with you.

Brooklyn Popp is an arts & entertainment editor. Follow her on Twitter: @Popp_Brooklyn.

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