Itâ€™s a classic question â€” what are your resolutions for the New Year? In Urbana, the responses of community members to the New Yearâ€™s question were mixed â€” ranging from outright denials of the tradition to humorous concessions to last yearâ€™s failed resolutions. Some, caught up in the rush of pre-holiday preparations, were genuinely taken aback by the question. Others, with a slightly rueful chuckle, admitted they hadnâ€™t even fulfilled last yearâ€™s resolutions.
Whatever reaction it elicits, the New Yearâ€™s question has always been an opportunity for reflection and projection. How has the old year been? What will the New Year bring? In the rush of everyday life, a New Yearâ€™s resolution affords members of the Urbana community a good laugh and some food for thought.
â€śTo try to work out. Get in shape. Not that thatâ€™s going to happen.â€ť
â€” Debby Guss, Urbana resident
â€śMy personal resolution is one that I made years ago and have never broken â€” never to again make any more New Yearâ€™s resolutions! As a resolution for UHS: Due to FCPS budget restraints, we continue to tighten our financial belt to do more with less money. My hope is that we can continue to provide the same high quality learning experience for our students while being fiscally responsible.â€ť
â€” Kathy Campagnoli, principal of Urbana High School
â€śTo help my son and daughter succeed. My goal is to further their finances and make them more stable so that theyâ€™ll be able to pursue their own dreams.â€ť
â€” Herbert Johnson, Germantown resident
â€śI donâ€™t make resolutions anymore because Iâ€™m still working on last yearsâ€™!â€ť
â€” Glynis Cuesta, Frederick resident
â€śI donâ€™t have resolutions this year, and I didnâ€™t have them last year. I think resolutions keep rolling â€” theyâ€™re continuous. I have goals throughout the year.â€ť
â€” Jennifer Martinez, Urbana resident
â€śI havenâ€™t even thought about them! I usually make them the day before.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m going to be more deliberate about things that count.â€ť
â€” Karla Kulp, French teacher at Urbana High School and winner of 2011 Gazette Favorite Teacher Award (High School Division)
Editorâ€™s note: Madelyne Xiao is a sophomore at Urbana High School.