By Sapna Humar
2017 was a lot of things. For some people, it was the best year of their lives. For others, it was a bummer. Now, it’s a new year, and not surprisingly, there’s so much to look forward to.
For instance, in only a couple of weeks, on January 31st, we will be treated to not the first, but the second supermoon of this year. In fact, on the exact same day, there will also be a total lunar eclipse — so be sure to mark your calendars.
Next, kicking off February is the long-awaited 2018 Winter Olympics, held in PyeongChang, South Korea. This will be Canada’s 23rd appearance at the Winter Olympics, and they are scheduled to compete in all the main sports. The NHL has refused to participate in this year’s Olympics, but Canada’s hockey team is still one of our strongest assets, and there is a still a chance of winning our third straight Olympic gold.
Speaking of sports, the 21st FIFA World Cup is being held in Russia in June and July. After Germany’s win in the 2014 World Cup, early predictions for this year’s winners include Spain, France, and Brazil.
Along with 2018 also come some of the biggest blockbusters to hit the theatres. This, of course, includes Avengers: Infinity War in April, the culmination of 10 years and 18 movies by Marvel, featuring superheroes from all corners of the Marvel universe. Black Panther is also scheduled to come out next month, followed by Solo: A Star Wars Story in May. 2018, it seems, is also the year of sequels, as movie releases include the second Jurassic World, Deadpool 2, and The Incredibles 2. So far, it’s looking like a jam-packed year for Hollywood, and hopefully, they don’t disappoint.
Not only does the new year bring much to look forward to for science, sports, and pop culture, but it also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and celebrates and remembers the lives of all those lost.
On a more local scale, there are a ton of things happening in Toronto this year, including the opening of Drake’s restaurant, Pick 6ix, the Toronto Light Festival, beginning later this month, and several music concerts to look forward to, with artists like Ed Sheeran, Lorde, and DJ Khaled performing.
At FHCI itself, students can look forward to our school’s first semi-formal on February 15th — a great way to start off a long weekend. Speaking of days off, the March break is coming up as well, and with it come vacations and springtime weather. Overall, the second semester is bound to be filled with fun events and activities!
In short, 2018 is definitely not lacking in excitement, and even if 2017 wasn’t so great for you, this year definitely has something for everyone!