People's Choice: Resolutions come and go; food servers keep serving

We visited Penn’s cafeterias and asked food servers to take a moment to tell us about the New Year’s resolutions they made and if they’ve been keeping them. A hard-working group barely able to squeeze in a moment to talk to us, they did manage to let us know that although some have already called it quits, and watched their resolve disappear as fast as this morning’s breakfast, most are still cooking, maintaining their resolutions for a brighter new year.

Houston Market

“I don’t want to cuss any more. I used to cuss a lot but I want to completely stop. So far, I’ve been successful.”

King’s Court

“I’m working hard on keeping up with all of my resolutions. The only one I haven’t been able to keep up with is my smoking habit. I tried to quit, but it hasn’t worked. I still smoke.”

King’s Court

“My goal this year is to treat everybody, everyday, as they should be treated. Being nice shouldn’t be a temporary thing. I’m doing well with it.”

King’s Court

“My resolutions are going pretty bad. I haven’t kept any of them. My main two were to try to quit smoking and lose weight. I still smoke and I haven’t lost any weight. I’m still bad, too.”

Houston Market

“My resolutions are going fine. I want to be a better person, and I really think I am.”

Houston Market

“I’m making a lot of changes. I’m going back to school and learning a new language, Japanese. Things so far seem to be going really well.”

Houston Market

“I’m trying to control my temper. Anger management is what I’m focusing on. Everything has been going pretty well so far. My new motto is to just walk away.”

Hill Cafeteria

“I am going to pray to God and have him help me take it day by day. I have been praying to him everyday for his help and guidance.”

Hill Cafeteria

“I have to start working out again and get back into shape. I had surgery on my shoulders which caused me to stop working out. Now in the new year I plan on starting and looking good.”

Hill Cafeteria

“I want to be more kind to people. Kindness is really all that matters.”

— Malaina Freedman

Originally published on January 24, 2002