New Year, New Challenges

New Year, New Challenges
Posted on 01/23/2019

Our society’s annual tradition of making New Year’s resolutions benefits us in two notable ways: it encourages self-reflection and provides motivation to improve ourselves. For instance, my resolution is to eat at least one salad a week for lunch. I am still trying to find a fat-free dressing that I really like.  

In partnership with our School and Community Relations team, I recently asked our students to share stories about something new they are going to do this year. I was intrigued and inspired by their responses.

Students wrote about efforts to be more social, improve grades and productivity, procrastinate less, organize more and eat healthier (see above!). Extracurriculars were a big topic as well, with goals ranging from expanding the popularity of lacrosse districtwide to making the state wrestling tournament.

“(Wrestling at state) has been a dream of mine since I started my freshman year,” one student wrote. “I fell short by one place last year, but this year I’m ready and motivated!”

Another high school standout resolved to start an improvisational comedy club at their school. Now, I have never done improv, but to hear her tell it, maybe I should.  

“Improv is a great way for people to get to know each other, create a new family and get to express yourself without any judgement,” she wrote. “It’s improv, so the siller you act, the better it is!”

And I love reading about resolutions to be kinder and more compassionate toward others. We have so many students that make it their mission to be better people every day. One wrote to me to express her desire to help her classmates who may be ashamed of their appearance.

“This year, I just want to help people accept themselves,” she wrote. “I think that girls and guys who are skinny, chubby, overweight, underweight or ‘normal’ need to appreciate themselves and not let what other people think affect what they do or what they like.”

I want to thank all the students who took part in our January Student Voice activity. We will soon release a February prompt at Please know we remain committed to hearing and learning from our students every day.