What is The Brock Press staff looking forward to in 2017

2017 is in full-swing and some resolutions are still alive and well halfway through the first month of the year. We all have goals and events we are looking forward to during 2017. The Brock Press staff is happy to share with our readers the things for 2017 we are excited about.

Last week we shared some of our top stories and events from 2016, but this week we look to the future.
We also want you, our readers to share with us. What are you looking forward to in 2017? Share with us on our Facebook page (The Brock Press) or on Twitter (@TheBrockPress).

Alena Kondratieva
Campus News Editor
2017 will be a year of change for me. I’m both excited and nervous for what’s to come. For one, I’m graduating. I can’t believe it, four years come and gone in what feels like a dream. Soon I’m be a member of Brock’s Alumni and I’ll no longer be in the halls the halls as a student rushing to class. I’m really excited to go travelling in Europe and I’m also excited to begin searching for a full-time job once I return. I want to start building a career that I’ll enjoy for many years to come. I’m turning 22 this year as well so I suppose it’s time to accept that I’m actually an adult now. On that note, I’m excited to continue living with my boyfriend and driving my car, adult things right? Honestly, I’m simply excited to be entering a new chapter in my life. As sad as it is that my time in post secondary studies is over, I know there’s so much happiness and opportunity still to come. That’s why I’m just looking forward to living in the present and being with my close friends and family every step of the way. And the new Star Wars.


Shannon Parr
Arts and Culture Editor
In 2017, I am looking forward to people taking a critical look at their position in society and exploring said discussion through art, music and cultural movement. Over the course of 2016, movements like Black Lives Matter, Redress and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests pushed for people to become more aware of political and social events occurring not only in their immediate living situation but beyond to their greater nation and world. With our given technologies, we are able to stand together and act together to push for a better future, as well as share art and create in order to inspire others to do the same. Also, I’m excited for the new Star Wars.


Rachel Sterzai
Opinion Editor
2016 was a personally hellish year, and I know a lot of people will be saying the same. For 2017 I actually want to have some high hopes in regards to getting my act together and becoming a “better version of myself”, as most New Year’s resolutions go. The biggest change I’m excited to make is taking a year off school. I came to University with a purpose, obviously, but in the time between first year and third — my current year — I’ve become a different person. While my end goal has stayed the same and my desire to finish school stands strong, I think it’s just time for me to step back, slow down, and figure out some other important things in my life. I look forward to spending time with family and friends, working and saving up and trying to change my lifestyles — both mentally and physically — for the better. Also, the new Star Wars.


Luiz Brasil
External News Editor
On a personal level, I’m excited for 2017. I’ll be happily moving back home to Mississauga, starting law school, and watching the world fall apart at the seams. I’m also looking forward to all the great video games slated for this year, but I probably won’t play any of them because I’m addicted to DotA 2 and Street Fighter V.
In all seriousness, 2017 is quite an interesting time to be alive. We stand at a point where the future seems a little less certain than it once was. All we can do is prepare to face the consequences of the choices we’ve made. I look forward and hope for an end to the conflict in Syria, more progress on climate change, a soft-Brexit, a cure for Trumpism, and also the new Star Wars.


Joanna Ward
Specialty Editor
In 2017, I’m looking forward to examining the way technology has impacted the world we live in and how it affects us every day. Fake news on social media has run rampant, convincing people of celebrity deaths that didn’t happen, and political scandals that are just not true. The rapid way we communicate, and the rush to be the first to break a story, has lead to people, including journalists, forgetting to think about what they’re reading. People share without thought and don’t consider the consequences. Some people even use the term ‘fake news’ to describe news that they don’t like or didn’t approve of which may actually be true. I’m going to use the new year to help educate people about how to tell the difference between what is real and verifiable fact and what is just rumour. I’m looking forward to a much more truthful 2017. And also, the new Star Wars.


Nick Brayford
Sports Editor
There are many things to look forward to in sports in 2017. For one, I cannot wait for the expansion draft in the National Hockey League. In my years of being a very avid sports fan, I have never been around to watch a professional franchise work its way from the ground up, and I get that chance with Las Vegas’ first professional sports team. As I continue in my degree in Sport Management, I hope that 2017 will be the year that introduces me to new people and opportunities to build a career in the near future. Outside of sports, I am looking forward to creating new friendships, and continuing to develop those relationships with the people that 2016 introduced me to. Also, I obviously can’t wait for December 15, when the newest Star Wars film is released.

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