We Cornell freshmen are sometimes too eager, and therefore set some impossible goals for ourselves every day. Whether academic, social, or health-related, we have these high aspirations, while in our hearts, we know it’s never happening. What’s the craziest part? We repeatedly make these empty promises day after day. I don’t know why we think Tuesday will be any different than Monday, but yet, we continue the pattern. Here are just a few examples:

Being Productive

Expectation: “I have a lot of small assignments so I’m going to do them in between my two classes today on Central.”

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Reality: *Takes a nap in Mann library*

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Time Management

Expectation: “I have a lot to do tonight, so I’ll grab dinner quickly and then go back to my dorm.”

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Reality: *Sits in the dining hall until it closes, has multiple “rounds” of dinner, and eats dinner with three or four groups as they come in and out*

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Trying New Things

Expectation: “I’m going to try everything on the CTB menu by the end of the year!”

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Reality: *Finds a delicious order second time at CTB and continues to order that every time thereafter*

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Sleep Schedule

Expectation: “I’m going to have an early night and go to bed at 10:00 pm.”

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Reality: *Found eating mozzarella sticks at Nasties at 1:30 am*

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Transportation

Expectation: “I’m never going to take the bus to class in the mornings, I love walking!”  

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Reality: *Will do whatever possible to take the TCAT every morning the second it hits 30 degrees outside*

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While I’m guilty of most of these empty promises on a daily basis, I’m suggesting that we stop proclaiming daily goals. That way, when we don’t fulfill them, we don’t disappoint!

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