My End-of-Year Reflection & Some Projections for the New Year

Dear Lily,

2020 has been a confusing year, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect and make some projections for 2021. 

Overall, 2020 has been a fruitful year, as I am fortunate to have my family and friends’ support through the challenges. Academically, I successfully transferred colleges and made progress in figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. While I am often buried under school work (and continuously complain about all the work I need to finish), I learned so much this year. It is hard to imagine just how much I have grown. Professionally, I finally created a résumé and connected with more people on LinkedIn. I also earned money for the first time, as a research assistant studying public transportation sustainability. Personally, I read more books and picked up some useful lessons. I completed some books I thought I would never read, but I am proud I did. I also picked up the piano and am slowly learning pieces. At the same time, I do have some regrets and goals left unaccomplished. I still need to work on balancing my time and being more efficient with my work. Overall, though, I am satisfied with the progress I made in 2020. 

Looking forward to 2021, there are several areas in which I hope to improve. First, I hope to become healthier and more fit. The ongoing quarantine made me reduce my exercising time, but I really want to invest time in healthy eating and workout strategies. I also hope to learn how to cook. I don’t need to make anything fancy, but I hope to shed my title as a “kitchen assassin.” Regarding my studies, I hope to learn more efficiently and become a better student, hopefully securing my dream internship. I also wish to pick up learning instruments, video editing, and Photoshop as hobbies. Lastly, I hope my family and friends will stay healthy and fulfilled in life. 

I know I have many wishes, but hopefully, I can accomplish them one by one. When I look back, I don’t want to have regrets. Best of luck!