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Student Voice Series: Resilience, Adversity and New Years’ Resolutions

Two PCHS students discuss overcoming adversity in 2020 and their resolutions for 2021. 

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Ava Kimche, 10th Grader at PCHS:

Q1: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

A:  I have noticed in the past year that whenever my life is organized I don’t worry about where everything is and I’m able to focus more on the important things like my school and sports. So, if I improve tremendously at organization or just being able to keep my desk a little neater I will be happy. 

 

Q2: What did you learn about yourself this year? 

A: This year was crazy with a lot of unfortunate events happening. But, there were also a lot of good times and many lessons learned. I learned how important it is to be independent but, I also noticed how rough it was not being able to have other human interactions outside of your family. Being able to come to school in person this fall was a very positive thing for me.

I learned it’s really important in times of crisis being able to come together as a community to help each other. 

 

Q3: There’s no doubt that 2020 was a tough year. What have you learned about adversity and resilience? 

A: In this past year, I have learned that it is very important to speak up. If there is something you believe deeply in, you should make sure you are doing everything in your power to make your voice heard. I also learned that it is very important to keep reaching for your goals even if you’re in a temporary block, like quarantine. When I was in quarantine in March, it was very difficult to stay motivated in my school and sports because of the uncertainty the future held. But, having the zoom calls and making very small goals that I could complete in days or weeks made me able to just focus on the present and not get anxious about the future. 

 

Q4: In what ways are you going to be resilient in 2021? 

A:  In order to be resilient in 2021, I want to focus my energy on the present and not dwell on the past or be scared of what the future holds. Going through 2020 showed me how unpredictable and uncontrollable the future can be, and worrying about not only the future but also the past are really just a waste. Throughout 2021 I want to continue to set small achievable goals that will force me to focus on the present and things I can actually control, instead of the events that have already happened or the ones that are yet to come.


B.V, Senior at PCHS

Q1: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

A:  Try to earn as many scholarships for college as possible. 

 

Q2: What did you learn about yourself this year? 

A: I learned that if I just keep going then I can achieve anything. During the pandemic I was becoming tired and it seemed like things would not come my way. I  wanted to give up sometimes but I also learned that if I don’t finish something I would feel even worse. So whatever it was I wouldn’t stop until I finished, whether it was homework or just doing some chores.  

 

Q3: There’s no doubt that 2020 was a tough year. What have you learned about adversity and resilience? 

A: I learned that adversity can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Because of that I had to try to look at the bad times as an opportunity and do my best to get around the problems. That’s also how I learned resilience because I can’t let the bad things consume me.  Even though there were times I wanted to give up I still got back up.  A lot of my plans got messed up for school and other things, but I was able to get around them and keep going forward.  

 

Q4: In what ways are you going to be resilient in 2021? 

A:  I think one way I will be resilient in 2021 is to continue getting good grades at high school but also try to spend more time with my friends. We have all been so busy and we've had to be safe, so we haven’t been able to hang out like we used to. So I hope to hang out with them a little bit more before high school ends and we go our separate ways. 

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