It’s that time of year again – the beginning, the time to set aspirations for the coming year, the time to reflect and resolve. As a student, my “new year” usually comes in September. January 1 is the mid-point, a time to take stock of how the year is unfolding and identify adjustments that should be made. For me, doctoral studies, this past term in particular, have been a period of conscious self-examination about who I am, who I want to be, what it means to live ethically, and how this is reflected in my research, my teaching and in all aspects of my life. This reflection process has undoubtedly been fairly annoying to some people around me at various times. I apologize for that. Questions about meaning and motivation can be tiring and sometimes unwelcome. Accordingly, maybe I should use this New Year’s Eve as a break from self-reflection. I’m sure my boyfriend will appreciate it.