As the semester comes to a close and the holiday season begins, I am reminded of how thankful I am for the opportunity to pursue my dreams in graduate school. A few years ago while working a full-time job, I did not think that returning to school was a realistic option for me; however, now with (almost) three semesters completed and only one semester left before earning my master’s degree, I am reminded of the importance of showing appreciation and giving thanks.
About three years ago, I decided to start a new tradition for Thanksgiving–giving thanks to all the individuals who have helped me throughout the year. Every fall season, I write personalized thank you cards and give them to the people who have contributed, in any way, to my ability to attend school–from the bus driver who waited as I ran to the bus stop to the administrative assistant who let me print a paper last-minute in her office. I also take the time to thank those individuals who affect my everyday life through their service, such as mail deliverers, janitors, grocery store cashiers, and security guards. A personal sign of appreciation and recognition of their work goes a long way when thank you is rarely heard. So give thanks and demonstrate the real reason for the season!!