Every year has ups and downs, but it will be hard to match 2008 for drama and spectacular peaks and valleys. But 2009 will have its own personality, as we fill it with new activity. With the fall term ending at Southern Oregon University, it was natural for Have You Heard to go to college to ask, "What are you hoping for in the New Year?"
What I hope for in the New Year is hope. At SOU, I teach students how to be teachers. I believe an important part of teaching is instilling hope in children and young people. Part of our job is to imagine what's possible and to live in that possibility.
This may be a very difficult year for some people, so I'm hoping that we'll go about finding the solutions differently. Obama will be president, and I'm hoping he'll have a healthier way of problem-solving. I hope we'll do a good job of taking care of one another.
I'd like to figure out what makes me happy in life. A lot of people are on autopilot and I'm trying to find a knowingness about what I really want. I'd like to learn how to enjoy solitude. I'd like a job.
I'm hoping for a continued shift in the world and for whatever comes my way, especially a fun job.
I'm looking for fulfilled opportunities. I'm in the Masters in Education program at SOU, so I hope I get a full-time teaching job. Everything is on the horizon now, just not quite there yet.
I think I'm hoping for happiness, change and acceptance for me and for everybody. This country just made history and in this year people can make things happen for good or for bad. I'm hoping for good.
What I hope for relates to me being a freshman in college. Being here at SOU, I'm learning so much and exposed to so many different thing. My opinions are changing. I hope I find my way this year.
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I'm hoping to learn more about myself as a person while making friends and staying on top of my studies. I hope I can do something that will make a difference 30 years down the road.