New Year’s Resolutions Inspire Optimism Despite the Pandemic

Students gain positive outlooks surrounding new year

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer

New Year’s resolutions look a little different in 2021 than they usually do. Around this time last year, people were committing themselves to goals as they would any other year, but within a few months, those expectations quickly crumbled.

Shira Aronow

This year, many people will take a more realistic approach. With all of the uncertainty from the pandemic, it’s hard to have any sort of predictions for the upcoming year, however, students are still optimistic for what is to come.

Sidney Albright ’24 looks forward to a time where masks and social distancing aren’t required. “I

Bernadette Whitely

want to hang out with more people if itís safe. After last year, I want to make up for the time we lost.” She also has a more positive outlook for the year in general. She comments, “I’m a lot more optimistic than I usually am. Maybe finally something good will happen.”

Amanda Lee Molina ’21 feels that after a year like 2020, her perspective on goals has changed, she states, “I don’t think I’m ever going to go into a year again thinking it’s going to be a better year than the last because it sets up unreal expectations. I’m trying to lower my expectations so I don’t feel disappointed when they donít happen.”

Emily Rotenberg

Lee Molina is also optimistic for the new year to come, she adds, “I’m really hopeful that this summer people our age will start to get vaccinated … I hope that enough people come around to [the vaccine] just so we can sort of go back to normal.”