UNCG Students Step into the New Year with focused goals

Posted on January 23, 2024

Students at a bank of treadmills facing the windows of the Kaplan Center.
Photo courtesy of Martin Kane.

Whether you’re the kind of person who sets New Year’s resolutions to start the year off right or avoids the curse of an unfulfilled resolution altogether, the beginning of a new calendar year shifts everyone’s thoughts to hopes and accomplishments for the year ahead.  

When the following students were asked about goals for the coming year, their answers fell neatly into a few categories. As the first month of the new year ends, take inspiration from the resolutions of UNC Greensboro students. It’s not too late to set a goal or scrap your already broken resolution for a more achievable ambition for 2024. 

Academic Aspirations 

Student studies bones in a lab setting.

“My biggest goal that I hope to accomplish this year is to graduate with full honors from UNCG in May and enroll in one of the doctoral programs I applied to this winter.” 

– Maegan Ferguson

“My goal this year is to continue to raise my GPA!” 

– Ivan Tarpley

Student stands in a residence hall posing in front of a display screen.
Student sits in a wingback chair in front of a window in her residence hall.

“I am looking forward to graduating this May with at least cum laude.” 

– Stevie Fowler

Prioritizing Passions 

“Focus more on the things that are important to me. It’s easy to get distracted, especially in this digital age, so I want to do my best to minimize those distractions and dedicate as much time as I can to what I actually care about.” 

– Kenny Banks

Photo courtesy of Anita Shahrier.

Student holds a violin in one hand as he points to a projection screen in front of a classroom.
Student stands in front of a grand building with an umbrella.

“My New Year’s resolution is to be more consistent with my hobbies, especially learning, drawing, and working out.” 

– Jasmine Doctor

Photo courtesy of Jasmine Doctor.

“I hope to be able to travel more and visit my home country of Gambia in the summer.” 

– Awa Mbai
Student in a UNCG sweatshirt stands in front of the EUC.
Student stands in front of a display of paintings.

“The New Year’s resolution that I want to accomplish this year is to build a large body of paintings that reflects my creative vision and passion!” 

– Elizabeth Boerger

Photo courtesy of Lynn Hey.

“A New Year’s resolution of mine is to make it onto UNCG’s Varsity Overwatch Team.” 

– Jimmy Nguyen

Healthy Habits 

Student stands in her dorm room with a bulletin board decorated behind her.

“My New Year’s resolution would be to become a more open person. Also, to hit the gym more.” 

– Diamond Martin

“My New Year’s resolution is to continue to develop a fitness routine that is based on longevity and love for my body, rather than adhering to conventionally “attractive” physiques projected by media.” 

– Gabriel Coll-Bettencourt
Student poses in a sound studio at a music stand with a microphone.
Student in "A Week at the G" t-shirt poses with a tablet & stylus with animated caricatures around him.

“I want to focus more on my own happiness, both physically and mentally, to continue becoming a better version of myself.” 

– Brad Lowry

Photo courtesy of Brad Lowry.

“A goal I’ve set this year is to provide myself with more grace as I work toward being a better student, friend, and person.” 

– Grant Develle

Photo courtesy of Amber Fairchild.

Student in a lab coat smiles at another while they do a chemistry experiment.

Story by Becky Deakins, University Communications.
Photography by Sean Norona, University Communications, unless otherwise specified.

Silhouettes of UNCG students seated by large windows.

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