LifeNew year, new me: a resolution that did better

Sean MarcoApril 24, 20196 min

First-year Humber electrical engineering student Janmar Doquenia made a deal with himself on New Year’s Day to save money and do better in school.

He kept his resolutions. Well, most of them.

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Doquenia started off 2019 in hopes of saving $5 for every odd day of the week with multiple vacations planned for the summer. 

He also wanted to do better in school but unlike other students, Doquenia’s approach wasn’t to study more and relax less.

Doquenia planned to go to sleep early and wake up early so he was able to have a lot of time to be productive. 

“The first two weeks was hard but after that it was smooth sailing,” Doquenia said. “Having 15 to 16 hours of your day to do whatever you need to do helps a lot.” 

Janmar Doquenia studying at home. (Sean Marco)

After his first semester at Humber, Doquenia’s grades was in the low to mid 70s. At this point in the semester, his grades have improved to straight 80s across the board.

“I didn’t really study more or harder, I just had more time on my hands with the sleeping schedule I made,” Doquenia said. 

With only exams left to tackle, he doesn’t plan to change his plans when it comes to school. 

“There’s no reason to change what’s working,” Doquenia said. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” 

First-year Humber electrical engineering student and Doquenia’s friend Benjamin Joson saw the student his classmate transformed into.

“Janmar was on top of his things all semester long,” Joson said. “Last semester he was behind for a lot of things but not this semester.” 

In terms of his other resolution, it didn’t go as well. 

Saving $5 every other day rounds out to about $75 a month but when one is tempted by food and materialistic things every day, it could get hard.

Doquenia was only able to save about $10 a week rather than $15 to $20. 

Missing out on the semester parking pass, his pockets ended up suffering. 

“I ended up driving to school everyday because a car was available,” Doquenia said. “I didn’t plan on driving everyday but it was convenient.”

Parking alone equates to $12 to $30, depending how long his days are, despite having classes only three days a week. 

But Doquenia was able to save some money as well as improve his grades through his second semester at Humber, only going to show that some resolutions work out better than others.