VHS teachers take on 2022
By Gwen Burwell, Reporter
On the first of January, there are conversations about resolution making for the new year. Usually, New Year’s resolutions only last for the first few days due to the pressure that comes with the new commitment. Even for those who don’t participate in this tradition, it is a cultural phenomenon that is at the forefront of discussions in January every year. Vashon Island High School teachers shared their experiences with this yearly habit continuing into 2022.
VHS math teacher Ethan Cudaback has noticed how resolutions have a strong presence when the year is coming to an end.
“I think resolutions are “a thing” because of how the turning of the new year interacts with other parts of the holiday season,” Cudaback said.
Knowing how to navigate resolutions can be a challenge and stressor for many. Even before the new year, there are moments where motivation is more difficult.
“For me, as a teacher, the time leading up to the holiday is typically pretty challenging, just trying to keep students and myself motivated as we anticipate the long break,” Cudaback said.
Cudaback makes new goals for the year and is in reflection of past resolutions.
“It all comes to head at that moment, and all that’s left the next day is a feeling of ‘how can I be better from here on out?’ Hence, the New Year’s resolution,” Cudaback said.
Cudaback feels hopeful about resolutions and has a positive attitude going forward into 2022.
“I like resolutions. I make resolutions. Sometimes, I accomplish my resolutions,” Cudaback said.
VHS social studies teacher Jason Butler has a different take on New Year’s resolutions. Surprisingly, with an active workout schedule to maintain his famous calves…he does not keep resolutions.
“I don’t have a resolution,” Butler said. “I have a perpetual journey of self-improvement and reflection and just trying to be a better version of myself than I was the day before.”
VHS science teacher Susan Swan routinely makes resolutions. One of her goals this year is to strengthen her running schedule to five days a week.
“I’m trying to become a bit more consistent. I’m right on track for [my running goal] 17 days into the month,” Swan said.
VHS science teacher Carolyn Kotowski is not a big participant in new year’s resolutions, but has some goals to keep in mind during this year.
“I have a small cut flower garden and I’d like to start selling bouquets this year,” Kotowski said.
One of the most important actions we can all share moving forward is to have a positive attitude. Even with a challenging start to 2022, there is still hope for a better year ahead. New Years’ Resolutions can fade, but personal goals can still help pave the way to becoming our best selves, and with each New Years’ Day we can celebrate a fresh start.
“I think if you want to make an improvement in your life, then you should make those goals at any time during the year!” Swan said.