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I have, however, succeeded in attempts to get straight A's, pass advanced-placement exams, and I started a new club at our school.

I typically fail in upholding most of my resolutions. It's easier to blame my seemingly impossible resolutions (such as "no candy" or "no online chatting") rather than my lethargy, but the truth is, I never take on a vigorous action plan to carry through on these promises to myself. I never write these resolutions down. Every resolution I make is verbal. Yes, I talk to myself. I lie on my bed and mutter these resolutions to myself sometime in December. -- Vivian Pham, Mt. Carmel H.S.

Considering the low opinion I have of myself, it's not difficult to think of things that I'd like to change. The one thing that I felt I could make a serious effort to change is my frequent failure to act responsibly. Not that I make any terrible decisions, but I am often unsuccessful at doing everything the way I should. For example, I'll save homework for the last minute, or I'll go to bed later than is good for me. So, my resolution for this year in which I will turn 18 is to begin to act like an adult. I've never made New Year's resolutions in the past, but this time I'm thinking that it makes sense for me to try to change for the better.

It seems that the majority of people who make resolutions do little to try and adhere to them. However, even if people make resolutions and don't follow through, I believe they should always try again. Determination is the key; if you try hard enough, you'll realize what you have to do to make yourself be the way you want to be. -- Michelle Diaz, Poway H.S.

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