There’s an ancient Chinese curse that merchants would tell wary travelers to make them feel ill at ease, and it goes, “May you live in interesting times.”

Well, 2016 has certainly been interesting, from celebrity deaths that came one after another to a tiring election cycle that seemed like it just wouldn’t end. But as the holiday season approaches, it’s important to take a moment to do a little work on ourselves and to prepare ourselves for the new year.

Take a vacation, sit in front of the fire, or just sit in your room and don’t talk to anybody, if that works, because we’re all going to need it in 2017, especially after the mad dash of finals and 15-page term papers that inevitably bunch up at the end of an already-busy semester.

No matter what the future holds, whether we’re graduating and going off into the workforce or returning to the campus in the spring, let’s hope that 2017 isn’t quite as interesting as 2016 has been.

“Living in interesting times” usually brings with it a great deal of strife and economic distress. It does, however, also bring change.

So, let’s all work together to make sure it’s positive change, and not negative, that ushers in the new year.

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