How we resolve to enter the millennium

We wondered how the forthcoming millennium might affect our New Year's resolutions - Swear that we'd go to church more frequently? Promise to call our mother every day? Promise to give up cursing, or drinking or dancing?

Nuh-uh. Not Penn students.

This is a group focused on the here and now, for the most part. Eat less. Pump iron. Earn more. Sleep right.

Our own resolutions are not so different, like never miss a single episode of "That 70's Show;" worry not at all about Y2K, and see every movie that's up for an Academy Award. We're waiting for the true millennium, 2001, to get serious - not.

  • James Blumenthal, College, Class of 1999
    "My resolution is to take it easy next semester so I can get some rest before law school."

  • Nimita Shah, M & T, Class of 2001
    "I need to study more next semester because it's a very important year for me."

  • Ranil DeSilva, College, Class of 2002
    "I'm going to work out and lose weight next year so I look attractive to all the ladies out there."

  • Maryellen Keeney, College, Class of 2000
    "For my New Year's resolution, I usually try to be more appreciative of the positive things in my life and make greater efforts to be a kinder individual. I usually focus on this because in the stresses of daily life, I often take things for granted."

  • Ramon Luciano, Wharton, Class of 1999
    "I don't believe in those. Why? Because no one ever follows through on them."

  • Hai Ton, SEAS, Class of 2002
    "I just have to make sure I get back on normal sleeping patterns next year. That's my number one goal. Up all night and sleep all day just does not work."

  • Lluwahn Henry, College, Class of 2001
    "I guess my New Year's resolution is to get more hours at work so I can make more money so that I can buy my boyfriend lots of gifts [said as her boyfriend stands next to her]."

  • Rhonda Iona, Wharton, Class of 2002
    "My New Year's resolution is always a long list of things. But I guess one of the more important things for me every year is to take a look at my life and decide what I'm doing right and just expand on those good things."

  • Monica Maccani, College, Class of 1999
    "My resolution is to get 3.5 GPA. It's an achievable goal."

  • Vladimir Galiote, Wharton, Class of 2000
    "New Year's Resolution? I don't know...To settle down and make little babies, of course."

    - Nathaniel Glasser

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Originally published on January 14, 1999