New Year, New You?
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The start of 2012 has for many of brought with it a new burst of enthusiasm for starting our lives afresh. Walking to lectures, one can almost hear students chanting various personal mantras to themselves; MUST NOT EAT CHOCOLATE, MUST DO MORE WORK, MUST BE A BETTER PERSON! But…a recent survey has shown that the 9th January is the day where most Brits give up giving up. Yesterday was the day reality kicks in and new year’s resolutions go out the window. I however, think this is a good thing. We all over indulge at Christmas time, but this does not mean that we have to self flagellate throughout the year by denying ourselves the small yet surprisingly uplifting treats that get us through, what can be, the slog of everyday university life. On a drizzly, cold Monday morning, whilst sitting in the library attempting to decode Ulysses and secretly concurring with three separate readers who had previously borrowed the book and written on the final page “what the f*** was that about!?” I would be utterly lost, and give up all hope of obtaining a decent degree, had I not the promise of a mars bar at lunch time. Anyone who can endure 700 pages of Joyce deserves at the very least a knighthood, let alone a piece of chocolate and should therefore, not be punished for breaking a self imposed ban on heavenly stuff.
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