Staff Picks: goals for 2020


The topic for this week’s “Staff Picks” is our staff’s individual goals for the new year. If you have any topic suggestions that you would like to hear from us about, please email us at

Taylor Mahlinger, Editor-in-Chief:

“One of my big goals for 2020 is to be more mindful about my use of plastics and single-use packaging. I would also like to work on my personal health and wellness this year because I get easily stressed out and let it completely take over my life!”

Abby Stone, Managing Editor:

“For 2020, I plan to prioritize some ‘me time’ in my schedule from working out on a more daily basis to also just sitting back and reading a good book now and then. I also want to travel some more this year. It could be in the states or across the seas! Either way, I just love the experience!”

Shawna Morton, Back-end Editor:

“A goal of mine is to eat a more balanced and intentional diet where I am paying more attention to my fruit and vegetable intake. Another goal of mine is to set more time aside to do the things I love like painting, drawing, or playing music.”

Allison Spivey, News Editor:

“My goals for this year are the same goals I set for myself every year: I want to eat fewer chicken nuggets and read more books in my free time. Those are my overarching goals. In reality, I hope to save up enough money to get a new car. My current car is only miles from collapse. I’m sure of it. Another goal I have is to get outside of the box, not just think outside of it, but truly step outside of the box and become a better version of myself. I’ll check back in around Halloween to see what I have accomplished.”

Gabrielle Crooks, Staff Photographer:

“My first goal for the new year is to practice listening more and grow to be a better listener. My second goal is to try to look for the positives more instead of the negatives in life.”

Will Hickey, Staff Contributor:

“Goals I have for 2020 would be for me to figure out what I want to do in my life. Basically, I want to find an internship or job that I’m interested in and could have a career in. My second would be for me to become an intramural basketball non-competitive champion! I’m on an underdog team and we have a lot to prove (close to the Rudy movie but basketball).”

Taylore Latham, Staff Contributor:

“My goals are to practice more positive self-talk and to finish my senior year with knowledge of what I’m doing in the near future.”

Ashleigh King, Staff Contributor:

“My goal of the year is to be more intentional when I speak to myself! So instead of admonishing myself with negative thoughts, I want to actively correct that thinking and channel it into a more positive direction. So far it’s been a bit of a struggle, but it gets easier every day!”