There’s something comforting about having identical resolutions every single year. In the spirit of futility/solidarity/peace and blessings, Bwog staff presents its collective resolutions for the new year. Add your own in the comments. Happy 2011!!!

Food & Drink

  • Drink more water, fewer caffeinated beverages
  • Learn to drink hard alcohol again
  • Stop eating cereal out of the box and actually pour a bowl – with milk and a spoon!
  • Use at least half of the 150 meals Barnard makes me buy
  • Learn to like eating fish
  • Learn how to make a Tofucken to prepare for the next Thanksgiving
  • Diversify my food choices (read: eat less Milano)
  • Eat more tomatoes
  • Eat better
  • Eat more fruit so that my hands don’t turn green like that one time freshman year
  • Cook more
  • Learn to be a better cook
  • Learn to cook a few things well
  • Understand every single spice in my spice rack
  • Learn to cook meat
  • Learn to flip an omelette
  • Make dinner for people
  • Cook for my family and friends ever now and then
  • Finally fill out my HamDel “VIP Gold Punchcard” and get a free sub

Health & Sanitation

  • Break in the sneakers I bought one year ago and have yet to wear
  • Run with a buddy
  • Become one of those people who “need” to run everyday
  • Become an athlete, or at least go to the gym
  • Work out more, get my bod back
  • Join some sort of club sport to get my fitness back
  • Learn how to do a headstand
  • See if it is physically possible for me to tan
  • Brush my teeth and wash my face before going to bed after coming in from a night out
  • Choose tea over double shot lattes, stairs over elevator, and fruit over fries
  • Go to bed when I’m tired


  • Make my bed every day
  • Mend clothes by hand
  • Learn grace
  • Stop tripping over my own feet all the time
  • Stop being such a dorky dancer
  • Immediately fold my clothes after taking them out of the dryer so they don’t get wrinkle
  • Make my bed and brush my hair every morning
  • Wear less spandex


  • Dig up some school pride
  • Buy something from the Barnard store
  • Don’t judge
  • Enjoy outdoor activities/stop judging people who enjoy outdoor activities
  • Make more of an effort to stress religious observance in or at least reconcile it with with college life
  • Actually save money when I make it, instead of eating at Milano
  • Thoroughly understand how the American government works


  • Go on more adventures
  • Get drunk and go on adventures
  • Break down structure
  • Stop planning so much
  • Take advantage of CUarts benefits and go ‘splorin
  • Leave Morningside Heights more often
  • Go to a play, any play!
  • See every play for the rest of St Ann’s Warehouse’s season
  • Get swipe access to the Barnard tunnels
  • Go to Flushing Chinatown
  • Locate the source of my room’s funky odor
  • Learn to drive
  • OH MY GOD yes learn to drive. If I can legally drink before I can legally drive… well, that’s just silly


  • Say yes more often
  • Fill my iTunes library with more positive music
  • Smile more
  • Laugh more
  • Stress less
  • More positive attitude generally get my life in order

Conquering Fears

  • Stop running away from insects
  • Go to office hours. I have all these brilliant profs who’ve set aside time to talk to students like me.
  • Corollary resolution: stop being such a wuss.
  • Learn how to not do anything and be OK with it
  • Stop being afraid of the phone/wean myself off Gmail-dependence

We Live Our Lives on the Internet/Smartphones

  • Explore the internet better
  • Have a 100% reply rate on emails.
  • Make more phone calls instead of texting all the time
  • I like phone calls too- many more of those
  • Def use the phone!
  • The ability to complete a task on the computer without digressing to youtube/facebook/gmail
  • Back up
  • Learn how to use my Droid

School & Work

  • Accept the fact that I will never get any work done in my room
  • No more unproductive late nights
  • Actually pay attention in Spanish class/learn more than just the words to Shakira songs
  • Go to at least half of my French classes
  • Practice speaking French more
  • Stop starting large papers 24 hours before they are due
  • Actually finish long-term projects rather than letting them sit and fester
  • Remember that more time spent working during the week means more time partying on the weekend
  • Convince a senior in high school I like to apply to Columbia
  • Lie to a visiting senior in high school about some aspect of Columbia life
  • Study on a park bench and imagine it’s a movie montage
  • Go to more on-campus lectures
  • Find some balance between classes and things I like
  • Get a job and/or internship this summer that actually pays a livable wage


  • Read for pleasure
  • Go to a relaxed, somewhat unfamiliar bar alone and see what kind of people I meet (be Alex Muhler)
  • Go to the movies more
  • Write for fun more often
  • Read for pleasure during the semester
  • Finally finish reading Infinite Jest


  • Take more pictures
  • Take lots of pictures of friends and family
  • Be less afraid to ask people if I can take their picture
  • Not want to turn everything into a photo op for a Facebook album

Make Friends

  • Talk to PrezBo, just once,
  • Make friends with Anna (the Heights bouncer obvs)
  • Actually make plans with those people you casually run into and say you’ll get lunch with
  • Go to 1020 sometimes
  • Try to make friends with my professors
  • Becomes bffs with a professor


  • Tip Bwog
  • Write a bajillion things for Bwog (as should you all!)
  • Stop spending so much time obsessively making lists of what I should do and just do it