Your student magazine’s committee talk through their aims for the new year.
After a rough semester of waking up at midday, making my way up to Uni (via Greggs), then napping on the Bath Time sofa, my resolution is to take better care of myself. How I’ve reached that decision really does require a stretch of the imagination. Life as the Editor of this magazine is fuelled by SU bagels, snakebite, and unnecessarily late nights in the office which often lead to an 80p frozen pizza at midnight qualifying as tea. Not that I don’t love all of that, but coming home for Christmas has reminded me that vegetables are pretty important, and a carrot every now and then might not go amiss in semester two.
Darcey, Deputy Editor (Print):
Last year, I had 3 New Year’s Resolutions and have since decided that was far too many, so I settled on just one for 2019: to interrupt less. My father, bless him, is someone who interrupts as a conversational characteristic but then thoroughly dislikes being interrupted himself. I love the man, but I don’t want to become him. On a serious note, this sort of goal is great for becoming an active listener for any situation because letting someone finish a sentence, as revolutionary as that sounds, lets your interlocutor fully express what they mean. One downside though: if you believe your opinions and voice are God’s gift, get ready for some subpar conversation that you’re now morally constrained to listen to. You’re welcome.
Francesco, Deputy Editor (Online):
I tend to despise New Year’s Resolutions, probably because whenever I even think of setting one, I do not seem to be able to carry it through. There is no overarching authority keeping me in check, meaning that I tend to classily swim away from my resolutions without ever looking back. This year, I’m trying to make it different. Among the endless list of “attending lectures and seminars”, “don’t live off the Coop meal deal”, “Do your work regularly, plan essays, don’t just wing it” and such, there’s the groundbreaking idea to finally quit smoking. It’s January 3rd, and I last smoked between 23.56 and 00.something on December 31st. My app tells me my nicotine levels are already come back to normal, and while cravings continue to hit me like tons of bricks and I’ve spent the equivalent of a packet of cigarettes in chewing gum, maybe this the right year to fix this unhealthy addiction. If I manage to comply with this resolution and not with the attending lectures one, 2019 will teach me that there’s something really odd about me.
Nicola, Lifestyle Editor:
In this fast-paced age, it can feel slow, unproductive or, worse, like too much effort to read fiction. So why does it feel more productive to spend mindless hours on social media? In hindsight, there are a plethora things I could’ve done in 2018 instead of staring at Facebook. However, not once do I ask ‘Reading that thriller was a waste of time’ or ‘Why did I commit to those 400 pages of mystery?’. So resolution (I) is to stay away from screens and read more books.
If plan (I) fails and I succumb to the screen, I plan to click on the news before the newsfeed. Indeed, one of the great things about university is how it broadens your outlook but its ironic flipside can also make you more inward-looking. Campus is a bubble, and whilst you’re reading old journals, theorems and observations, it’s easy to neglect the new stuff. So resolution part (II) is to stay engaged with the outer world. That said, there’s no need to look further than Bath Time.
EDITORS NOTE: For fictional writing, have another read of Darcey’s aim to interrupt less.
Nidhi, Features Editor:
2018 forced me to wake up and take note of my insecurities. Now that I’ve recognised the speed breakers in my life, this New Year is going to be about shedding all the inhibitions that accompany them. It’s going to take a slow, uncomfortable deconstruction of the walls I’ve built around myself, but the sun’s going to rise 365 times this year and so is my optimism. I also want to put pen to paper more often in 2019 and not let new thoughts die a silent death in some unknown chamber of my head. Finally, with graduation around the corner and uni life coming to an end, I’m making a conscious effort to preserve the warmth of all the relationships I’ve made in Bath over the past four years. I’ve resolved to keep those who’ve helped me grow, those who have given me tea and gossip and even those who simply pop up once in a while to check on me, close. They all matter.
Felix, News & Comment Editor:
So you don’t smoke nor drink, exercise regularly and are on track for a first class degree: of course, you are me. It might seem hard to find ways to perfect yourself this 2019 and I agree; but even Jesus wasn’t perfect. Here are a few resolutions you can take for this year:
- stop using the automatic double doors to the lecture hall when you’re late just so you can have a moment.
- stop pacing campus with a pile of books you haven’t opened and never will.
- stop singing in tinted car windows and realising a family is staring back at you.
- stop trying to find the most expensive flights and closing the tab just before check-out (cheeky).
- start paying attention to people’s names and don’t say “I have never seen you before”.
Diego, Design Editor:
I thought it might be more meaningful to set this year’s goals for my body, heart, mind and soul. I know, setting this many is a tad ambitious and a pinch unrealistic, but who knows, 2019 might surprise me.
- BODY: I learned to swim by being thrown in a pool with no armbands. Despite a seemingly traumatic introduction to the sport, it’s one of the few I actually enjoy. This year my goal is to swim several times a week and hey, I might get that six-pack after all.
- HEART: Being happy is good for the heart, both physically and symbolically. To achieve this, I’m planning to build more meaningful friendships. Though most relationships begin with awkward small talk, it’s a necessary first step towards more sincere and intimate connections.
- MIND: I’m chuffed when my iPhone tells me that my weekly screen time has gone down 30%, only to realise the “improved” time is still nothing write home about. My goal is to spend less time on my phone and more time reading books and developing my talents.
- SOUL: This year I’m looking to become more connected with God. Whether it be by praying more sincerely or by simply being kinder to others, I know it will bring me happiness and peace in what will be a hectic year full of changes.
Bianca, Publicity and Distribution Officer:
1. I don’t have any
No, this isn’t a cop out or asserting my perfection (unlike other Bath Time team members – see Felix for reference). It’s simpler than that. Resolutions are about self improvement and change. But we do that everyday. Regardless of the fact we often don’t succeed, we spend our time trying to improve ourselves, our lives, we always strive for and want more. This “continuous improvement” is the basis of a lot of good and bad stuff of course. So how is self improvement New Year’s-specific? Everyday we make uncelebrated small and large, abstract and concrete decisions and sometimes actions to better ourselves. So I’m not setting resolutions but I’ll try celebrating and validating the daily goals and ideas I set out for myself. Happy new year everyone!