by Arnav Harve, Staff Writer, December 2021

As 2021 comes to an end, members in our community are thinking about how they can become the best versions of themselves, how they can live Nobles’ mission of “leadership for the public good” day in and day out. The Nobleman asked six students what their New Year’s resolutions are, specifically for the coming semester. Their inspiring responses should be a lesson to us all about the importance of setting goals and sticking to them.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Eric Zhou (Class II): “Definitely to stop putting so much seasoning on the popcorn I get at the Castle. At first, I would sprinkle a little bit of butter or cinnamon on, just to get a taste. But now… I’ve started just unscrewing the cap and going all the way. Sometimes, I don’t even get popcorn anymore. It’s a problem. I need to change.”

Sofia Samuels (Class I): “It’s got to be coming to school earlier. I can’t explain how many times I’ve done that mad dash up the stairs from the MAC after parking my car. It’s quite a sight. I always see so many students sprinting across the Beach right at 7:59 a.m. Next year, I won’t be one of them.”

Altan Marvi (Class IV): “I want to give more standing ovations in assembly. I think there’s a culture at Nobles of only giving ovations to the best of the best, and I think that needs to change. After I get back from break, I promise to give a standing ovation to every single student that comes on that stage. Every single one.”

Alan Cai (Class III): “Next year, I want to be a nicer person. My plan is to join NPC (Nice People’s Campaign) and wear that blue NPC badge every single day! I want to hold doors for people, even when they are far away. I want to sit with kids who are sitting alone at the Castle, even when they are studying. Watch out Nobles, because I’m gonna be the nicest person ever!” 

Gemma Soukas (Class III): “I want to become more involved in our community. For example, I’ve never even read an issue of The Nobleman. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed until this interview!

Ethan Maconochie (Class I): “Next year, I’m gonna be the one to blast open the Castle tunnels. I’ve already assembled a ragtag team of students from all grades, even sixies to crawl through the narrow tunnel shafts. Come January, we’re gonna make history. All we need is the school’s approval!”