Centre County residents outline resolutions for new year

Jennifer Stewart attended Penn State in the mid-1980s, but due to a life-changing event, she never finished.

The 46-year-old said that this year, her goal is to work at completing her degree in business with a focus in finance.

“I’d like to say that I can just go back to school and zip right through it, but I also need to be realistic about things,” Stewart said. “For me, it’s not just about getting my degree, but accomplishing something for myself.”

She reapplied to Penn State and other small schools around central Pennsylvania including Lock Haven University, and Juniata College.

“I guess my New Year’s resolution is more of a three-year plan, but this year I’m finally taking the steps to do it,” she said.

According to a report released by Forbes, only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. About 40 percent of people report that they create a New Year’s goal.

A group of nurses at Hearthside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center were having a New Year’s lunch on Wednesday, despite some who are attempting to get healthier. Their goals might have to wait a day.

Jarrid Hoffman said he wants to do just that — get healthy.

But for him, it’s not just about merely working out. He wants to eat right and spend more time with his family, who he said is his biggest support system.

“I got young kids and the last thing I need to be is out of breath when running around the yard with them,” Hoffman said. “It comes to a point where, yes, you need to do it for yourself, but then you get healthier because of the people you love in life.”

Jason Chang, who is new to the State College area from New York City, said he is hoping to take life less seriously. This occurred to him after his father, Wayne Chang, suffered from a heart attack last year at the age of 54.

“You look at life differently,” Chang said. “I saw him going through that and it was probably due to stress and always being on the go, and if I want to look out for myself, I’ll probably have to take things a little slower.”

The aspiring architect engineer said he is a full-time student at Penn State and works an internship in between.

“Even when I’m off, I still find myself studying and working, but maybe I have to take a minute for myself,” Chang said. “I think that’s something I’m going to work on — trying to balance work and a little fun.”