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(illustration by Janessa Muniz) I’d like to say I have a pretty good intuition. Whether it’s a feeling in the air, or a dream I had, I seem to be pretty in tune with things that may occur. Something I like to do to test my accuracy is to write down predictions. Whether it’s something […]

(illustration by Janessa Muniz)

I’d like to say I have a pretty good intuition. Whether it’s a feeling in the air, or a dream I had, I seem to be pretty in tune with things that may occur. Something I like to do to test my accuracy is to write down predictions. Whether it’s something I think will happen today or even a year from now, I enjoy going back to see if it came true or if I was way off.

However, I don’t think anyone, even myself, could have predicted anything that happened last year. But 2020 is over, and although that doesn’t mean things magically get wiped clean, it’s a chance to see what a new year has in store for us. I decided to test out my classmates’ clairvoyant powers and see what they believe 2021 may hold for us, our school and the world.

With our increasingly online reality, it’s very likely that tech companies may use this to their advantage and upgrade the dullness of online meetings to something more engaging. Emily Wildermuth (‘21) and Sasha Westerfield (‘21) predict that a new virtual reality school may be on the rise.

“Virtual reality might become even more popular if the virus continues because it allows people to feel like they are standing next to each other when they actually aren’t,” Emily says.

Sasha believes it will be “just like a virtual school with your own avatars and we all get supplied headsets.”

On the more “out there” side of predictions, Julia Kelley (‘21) created a very specific list of events she believes may happen because, after all, you never know.

“First, I think Canada and the United States will combine their resources and money to become a new super country called ‘Americanada’. I think this new country will become the first to send people to Mars and start colonization. Then, while there, the astronauts will find aliens the size of cats who live underground and they will all live in peace.” Julia says. “Oh, and scientists will find evidence of mermaids in underwater caves along the Australian coast.”

Shannon Shaw (‘21) sees a new social media app on the horizon.

“Something kind of similar to Instagram that will blow up and become really popula,.” she says. “Or maybe instead of a new social media app, it will be a game that everyone is obsessed with.”

Some events are more easily predictable than others. For example, Abby Donovan’s (‘21) idea that “Mr. Eckel will set off the fire alarm in a failed science experiment” is almost guaranteed to come true.

Taylor van Löben Sels (‘21) is just about the biggest Taylor Swift fan I’ve ever met and she has a big hunch how her year will go.

“I predict that Taylor Swift is going to get engaged this year. I also think that she’s going to release the Long Pond Studio version of ‘Evermore’ as well as a new version for every single album so that she can own them instead of Scooter Braun.”

Many teachers have seen the increase in student drive now that we have dedicated Mondays to catching up on work. Victoria Ziegler (‘21) think this may become a lasting occurrence.

“With people starting school later and also some people’s schedule changing due to COVID, I think some schools may choose to stick to the new schedule,” Victoria says.

A prediction made earlier in this month that has already proven Rubi Fernandez’s (‘21) psychic abilities is that “the groundhog will see its shadow” on February 2. It may have been a 50/50 guess, but an accurate one nonetheless.

Each new year brings forth its own set of surprises and I think there is a very high possibility of some of these predictions to come true and spice up our year a little bit. I guess we’ll see who should consider having people pay them for their psychic powers.

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