The clock is ticking towards the New Year and in the spirit of reflecting on the year that has passed and thinking about the changes they wish to make for the future, we asked students from Harrow School Shanghai and Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi to tell us their 2018 resolutions.
Ranging from academic achievement, athletics and musical performances to family and enhancing their culinary skills, these resolutions are an eye-opener into the lives of the future generation.
To start us off, Urban Family’s number one resolution – 'Stick to our New Year’s resolutions!'
For next year, I have two resolutions which I want to achieve.
Firstly, I want to make progress in all aspects of my life, principally improving my English skills.
Secondly, I really want to make more time to do things that I enjoy. This year, I didn’t spend much time doing what I wanted to do, but next year I will spend more time doing what I enjoy.
-Elina Yang, Head Prefect, Year 7, Harrow School Shanghai
I want to return my focus to learning calligraphy and subsequently, get an A in Mandarin on my next report.
- Juliana Yang, Deputy Prefect, Year 7, Harrow School Shanghai
I would like to exercise more in the New Year by running at the weekends before my breakfast. This will help me with my fitness which will better my performance as part of Harrow’s football team.
-Lachlan Yu, Junior Prefect, Harrow School Shanghai
For my New Year’s Resolution I want to be able to cook because I want to make scrumptious meals for my family every night and experiment with new recipes. I love cooking and also helping my sister with the cooking, but I really want to be able to cook by myself.
- Emma Cook, Year 6, Harrow School Shanghai
My New Year resolution is to be more social with new people. This year I have realised that I tend to mix with the same friends. Last year, I had many friends in my class, whereas this year many of these friends are in different classes or have left the school. Making friends has always been a struggle for me, therefore is it an important resolution for me. A challenge that I am willing to accept!
-Helen, Year 6, Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi
I believe this year is my most important as next year I will move into Senior School. Therefore, I need to improve on my weaknesses. I think I should try my best to be more organised by starting to use my school diary, and participate more often in all areas. I am generally a quiet person, who sometimes lacks the courage to get involved in new things. Dulwich Pudong has given me many opportunities to participate in various events such as Breakfast Busking and Dulwich Got Talent, so I will try to utilise them to the fullest. I will set more goals to improve in my studies, but also save some time to play. My mother says, " Study hard, play hard." My most important goals are to improve on my lack of time management, and trying not to be a procrastinator so I can use my free time to go cycling or mushroom hunting. I also have set many minor academic goals, most of them leading to subjects such as Math, Mandarin and writing. I also believe I have been able to write my ideas on paper and write descriptively, but there are still many places I can improve on.
- Isaac, Year 6, Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi