The first month of a historic new year is now winding down to an end. In a few days we will be greeting February. However, we cannot forget that January is the month of New Year’s Resolutions.
There are, of course, two types of resolutions: Those that are freshly made that we hope to accomplish, and those which were made a year ago and have changed our lives throughout the past year.
In speaking with my students, they listed many different goals for this year (or beyond) ranging from visiting family in another state or country, buying a house, buying a car, going to college, becoming a doctor, getting a GED, getting a better job, learning more English.
Some of Last year’s New Year’s Resolutions were recently revisited by Teacher Mary in her advanced GED English class. Here are a couple of their inspiring stories:
Last year one of my students made the resolution to stop smoking and drinking. After one year he is happy to report that he has been successful! So this year his resolution is to read the Nepali Bible every day. His success was so inspiring to his classmates that one has decided to make the same goal this year.
In speaking with another student, she said she made the resolution last year to save $50 a week. Although she was mainly successful, she realized it was just too much, so this year she modified her goal to save $20 a week. She puts the money immediately in the bank so she doesn’t spend it.
Many of our students like to travel, too, and often have to work through the steps to take time off of work, save money, and plan for traveling expenses. This year I have one student planning a trip to Bangkok.
Of course all our students have the goal of “learning more English,” and as a school, we have been working with the students to identify the steps needed to grow and develop better English skills. We have talked about the need to incorporate many skills into learning such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We have also discussed the dedication and hard work the students put into learning a new language. It is a motivating and inspiring thing to see their positive attitudes and their continued success.
Here’s to all of you that you may also be successful in this coming New Year!
Written by Heather Glidewell | LSS Center for New Americans | Adult ESL Instructor
300 East 6th Street, Suite 100 | Sioux Falls, SD 57103