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Project chronicles student’s resolution commitment

Project chronicles student’s resolution commitment

January 30
00:09 2013

Andrew Freeman / Staff Writer

New Year’s resolutions are often lofty goals set to elicit change at the beginning of a new year. Gyms see an increase in memberships, people vow to eat healthier and personal goals are set.

The fulfillment of these goals, however, isn’t always successful.

In an effort to see how students keep up with their resolutions, the Student Affairs Center will host its second consecutive New Years Resolution Project.

The New Years Resolution Project has eight students who will work towards their resolutions, followed by NTTV through March.

In April, a reception open to all students will be held to view a 20-minute video documenting each journey, put together by NTTV.

“Any student, undergraduate or graduate, can apply,” Jon Bartlett, coordinator for Spirituality and Student Affairs Administration, said. “Our goal is to have a nice, diverse group of applicants, not just demographically, but by the resolutions themselves.”

As of now, there are 30 applicants, and the application process will be open through early next week. There will be an interview process, and the eight applicants should be selected by the center at the end of next week.

“I think this is really the inspiration I need to succeed,” engineering freshman Andy Davis said. “Nothing keeps you on your feet like being followed by potentially a whole campus of students. I’m actually really nervous, because it will be a huge challenge if I’m selected.”

Davis’ goal is to receive straight-A’s for the rest of his college career, but will only be followed until March. All applicants will be required to alternate weeks between video logs, which will be uploaded to YouTube for immediate access by the campus, and working with NTTV towards the documentary.

Even UNT students who aren’t applying and plan on following each journey are looking forward to the project.

“I think it’s very cool to have a camera into your life and hold you to a resolution,” RTVF junior Cordell Parker said. “It’s a very cool idea, very encouraging, and I can’t wait to start following these eight lucky students.”

Ultimately, Bartlett said he wants to involve the entire student body with the project this time around.

“I want to differentiate the project from last year by making it a journey not just for the eight people involved, but all students,” Bartlett said. “We want to highlight the functions on campus that are available to help students reach their goals.”

Last year participants ranged from  a student who wanted to quit smoking and another who resolved to not have sex until in a committed relationship.

“There is another life outside of the classroom, and that is Student Affairs’ purpose,” Bartlett said. “We are able to connect to students in a way that can be purposeful in their lives. We want to show we care, and help facilitate their growth and evolution as people.”

The video logs from last year can still be viewed on YouTube through the Student Affairs account titled UNTstudentaffairs. To apply, visit studentaffairs.unt.edu/resolutions.

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