After the abysmal year that 2020 has been, WHS students move into the new year with a sense of hope, renewed energy and a thirst for change.
New Year’s resolutions are an annual tradition and for the most resolute, can shape the progression and growth of a person for the year that they were made. However, this year WHS students wish for a positive change in the world instead of the usual trivial desires.
“Just because 2020 was so focused on negativity, my New Year’s resolution is to make 2021 about positivity,” said Jackie Holtz ‘22. “To follow this, I make a list on my phone to track different positive things that happen every day this year.”
Holtz records these positive events in order to make 2021 a better year and to spread more positivity after the horrible year 2020 was.
“Last year my resolution was to make new friends, but obviously I could not do that because of the quarantine,” said Holtz. “I think that it is much more progressive to focus on spreading positivity.”
Other students like Colette Byun ‘24 have made it their mission to spread positivity through various extracurricular activities.
“I plan on making this year more positive through the girl scouts where positivity and female empowerment is the whole message,” said Byun. “I also am sponsoring a kid in Zambia.”
Byun thinks that to make 2021 a better year, New Year’s resolutions need to be made to keep track of goals.
“New Year’s resolutions are really just used to make changes for the better throughout the year,” said Byun. “I think that they make the world a much better place.”
Like Holtz and Byun, Alex Diakoumopoulos ‘21 plans to work on bettering the people around him as well as bettering himself through improving his work ethic.
“My News Year’s resolution was to reach out to more of my friends because I have been really introverted in quarantine,” said Diakoumopoulos. “Since it is my last year at WHS, I think that I should be hanging out with friends since it is a very important part of my life.”
Diakoumopoulos wants to make the most out of 2021 by safely hanging out with friends by social distancing and taking the proper precautions.
“I have not really hung out with my friends for a while, and I think that is really unhealthy in quarantine,” said Diakoumopoulos. “I really should be checking on my friends more.”
Marcus Clowes ‘22 advocates for New Year’s resolutions, saying how they can be effective depending on the person’s will to change. “If a person is determined enough then they can change with the massive help that New Year’s resolutions provide,” said Clowes. “I think that it is a tool that can really help the world with significant change.”