20 goals for 2020
We asked 20 CHS students what their New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 were and why. At the end of the year, we’ll check back in to see how they did.
“I want to be more social with people. I’m a little bit introverted right now. So I want to be more extroverted and I want to just be more social I guess. I think it’s just better for building stronger relationships relationships with people and getting to know people you are dissent with a little better. I have no idea how this will have gone by the end of the year, but it’ll just be something I work on.”
“I want to be able to better my time management skills and my leadership skills, in the sense of, I’d like to think they’re good now but I still slip up sometimes. And I want to be a good leader, a good friend in my life. And being able to balance everything in my life, while still being that good friend. I don’t think it will be easy; I’m a really big procrastinator, but I’m going to try. It’s important to me because time management skills are something you have for the rest of your life so developing those skills now will allow me to be a better person in the future, as well as being able to understand how to be a better friend will make networking better in a business setting. I think that at the end of the year, I’ll have done okay. I know I’m going to try.”
“I probably want to exercise more because I haven’t been getting outside as much as I used to. Even in early middle school and elementary school I was more active. I always have this resolution and most of the time it doesn’t work, but I think if I actually get down to it I will be able to achieve my goal. I want to do it individually, and I think I might just go on a run everyday and just try to exercise everyday as much as I can. It’s winter right now so it’s going to be difficult, but in the summer it should pick up.”
“I want to be able to organize my time a little bit better because currently I’m doing a lot of things at the same time. And I think they’re all very important things. I don’t want to drop anything. But I think that I could use a New Year’s resolution to be better at time management so I’d be more productive and continue to do all of my activities.”
“Coming into the new year, I really want to work harder and be more focused at track practice. So that way I can hit my goals. I want to hit my PR, my personal record goals, for this year. If I jump over 18 feet, then I can qualify to go to the New Balance nationals which is one of the biggest track competitions for high schoolers.”
“There are so many different categories, I don’t really know specific goals yet. I’m going to divide it into four sections: family, friends, academics and athletics. For friends and family, I already have amazing people, but to just continue to build better relationships between them. For athletics, I want to become a better, stronger player and prepare myself [for the season]. For academics, I am going to make my study skills more effective and efficient.”
"I just want to have a regular routine and including a workout routine and spiritual routine, I read from my spiritual routine everyday. An everyday, on-the-ground level routine [at Community High School]. And then if I can’t be in my routine, I want to be able to manage the changes that come up in a flexible kind, giving manner. I believe in setting a goal, but you know, people get off their track pretty easily, so, I’m not afraid of halfway measures. Any progress is progress."
"I would like to save up so that I can travel during my gap year. I really want to go to Greece or something like that, maybe Turks and Caicos. I don’t travel that much and I want to go somewhere warm, but its super expensive so I need to start saving up now and get a job."
“I’ve also never really made or held the new year’s resolution. Unless my grandma asked me what I was doing and I had to make one up on the spot, I’ve never made one. So I guess my New Year’s resolution would maybe be to get and hold a job because I need money.”
“I just want to be less complacent honestly with everything, just doing homework, getting things done, not waiting to do work. I want to do it because I hate getting mad at myself all the time for not doing stuff. I feel like I can be prepping for change or having thoughts about complacency; they’re two different things. And I’m not sure how I’m going to reach this goal and that’s what I’m still working on. I’ll figure it out, but I think trying to just simply set the goal is the best way.”
“My New Year’s Resolution is to not talk bad about anyone for any reason. There’s a big culture around people talking bad about people and I think it’s just so toxic and rude. I think we all fall into that habit, and I want to break that. I don’t think it will be easy because it’s around us all the time whether we realize it or not. Even just with celebrities, we just naturally want to say bad things about people, so I just want to try not to do that. Avoiding it in conversations that people start with is going to be the hardest part of this resolution; when they bring it up, and you just have to find a way out of that.”
I have very specific things. In fact, I wrote a list of what I want [for my New Year’s resolution]. My main goal, my main priority, once I finished my college applications is to enjoy time with my family and friends [in Ann Arbor]. I’ve spent this semester really working my butt off. I also really want to pay for my own spring break and pay for another trip to Connecticut to visit one of my best friends. I also really want to spend a couple days with my brothers at their middle school, Slauson.
"I want to pass my number theory class that I take at a non-profit and is taught by a former professor. It’s really frustrating and I really want to drop out but I also feel that I shouldn’t and hopefully I’ll be able to scrape it through."
I’m pretty lazy, so I am going to try to do more things and stick to them. Whether that be starting a new hobby or doing something else. I would definitely like to go out more and do more things. Also, I would want to take a class at the university — just expanding my horizons.
“My New Year’s Resolution is to reach out and meet new people, or just talk to people I’ve already met. This is because I’m very introverted, so I won’t reach out and they’ll have to come to me. I definitely think this will be hard to do; I’m not a people person. I can talk, but most of the time I just don’t have the energy to talk to a lot of people. I think I’ll encourage myself with food; the more I talk to people, the more food for me.”
“My New Year’s is to always be kind to everybody because this year I’ve been more focused on myself and bettering myself, and next year I want to focus more on other people and helping other people get better, not just myself. I feel like I need to bring everyone up with me and not just focus on myself. I can do this by always being there for my friends and helping them out when they’re struggling. I’m really hoping it’ll work out because I really care about all of my friends and I want them to do great.”
“I’ve been challenging myself to not wear just leggings and a sweater everyday to school because that’s what I normally do. So maybe I’ll continue that into the new year and try and put some thought into my outfit three days out of the week. That and going to the gym are my resolutions. The reason I don’t want to just wear leggings is because it’s a bit of a confidence booster when you wear things you like, and it can just help you feel better. And I think it’s really fun to think about outfits and fashion clothes, but leggings are also a great comfortable option.”
“I’m trying to finish segment two of drivers ed so then I can have a car. Right now, I have a small scooter that I can drive around, but having a car would be so nice. Just thinking about how much more freedom that would give me is just crazy. Also, I want to get a job because I’m broke right now.”
“My new year’s resolution ... I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution before. I don’t see the need but I guess my new year’s resolution is to get more exercise. So that can be really strong and throw someone. Yeah, that would be super cool.”
“My new year’s resolution is to get a job, make some money. I mean, I don’t really care where I work, as long as they pay me. I am just trying to get some money.”