To begin, I am completely grateful for the wonderful family that I was very fortunate to have been a part of. Whether it is my immediate family, complete with parents and siblings, or all of the extra aunts, uncles, cousins and miscellaneous odds and ends, I don’t know where I would be without any one of them. Being away from them, even just for the past three months, has truly emphasized the importance of the family unit and taught me not to take for granted any time I have to spend with them.
Branching off of the family that I am related to, I am also thankful for the family that I am not related to: my friends. This past year, as I said “see you soon” to the friends that I’ve had since elementary and middle school, I was reminded of all of the experiences that we shared with one another, and determined not to drift apart from them once we all went on our separate paths.
While this goal has proven to be a bit more difficult than any of us would have liked, we all also understand that while we are all out of sight, it does not necessarily mean that we are also out of mind. Not only will this time off from school serve as a time to share with family, but I also made sure to set aside some time to catch up with friends.
Making the transition into college life is undoubtedly a tricky and somewhat scary one, but one that I decided to make the most out of, and speaking as a college student with at least a little bit of experience, college can truly be the time of your life, if you choose for it to be.
I am thankful for the people that I have met and will meet at school, everyone from my suitemates to classmates and my eccentric professors — there is something to learn from each person you meet, and it is up to you to learn what that is.