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Inevitable post about Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012

I’m thankful that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, which led me here to you. I think it’s pretty amazing to think about the eternally long series of events that led to this single moment, as I sit here and write a blog post. I mean, if we’re talking about being thankful for things, I think the thanks has to go back a really, really long way to truly cover every base, but anyway… I already published a series of blog posts about being grateful, but because it is Thanksgiving, I feel that it is necessary for me to write about what I’m thankful for right now, without a ton of gushing. So here it is:

I’m thankful for my family, which is and always will be my support system, my rock, my encouragement, my guidance, and my source for goodness and greatness.

I’m thankful for the University of Kansas. This semester in my journalism class, I had the chance to cover the election on my website, Jayhawks Decide, which gave me real-world experience and proved to me that this is what I want to do in my life. And Jayhawk Nation is just awesome. I’m thankful for the professors who have made me a better critical thinker, made me think about the world differently, made me understand a subject more clearly, and made me a better journalist.

I’m thankful for the opportunities I have had and the opportunities I continue to have. Namely, my study abroad in Italy last summer. I don’t need to reiterate the significance of that experience, so I will just say I am incredibly grateful to those who made that month possible and to those who made that month memorable.

I’m thankful for the things that have kept me sane this semester, which are, most notably, the Dole Institute and Jayhawk volleyball. They are my outlets. They are my other homes in Lawrence. They are indescribably important to me in a way not many people can comprehend, understandably. Also, I’m thankful for every single person who has heard me mention the word volleyball, from my roommates to my meteorology lab partner, and, you know, still chooses to interact with me.

I’m thankful for the people who have kept me sane this semester. My roommates, whom I could not imagine this year without. My friends from the former E6, whom I continue to go to athletic events with, share meals with, talk to about things, do homework with, watch TV with, take pictures all around campus with, have Studio game nights with, and just spend time with. My friends in my classes, to whom I can vent or laugh with, depending on the day. My Italy friends, whom I cannot help but visit in the 5-10 minutes before class on Mondays or Wednesdays. My friends who work the desk in Templin, whom I enjoy talking to on Friday nights, even though it’s pretty much past my bedtime. My Dole Institute friends, who inform me, entertain me, and agree to be interviewed. My Richmond friends, whom despite the distance, will always have a place in my heart. It’s the little things.

I’m thankful for the road that led me here. While I have my moments, I know that everything that has happened along the way and everyone I have met along the way has helped make me the person I am today, as cliché as that is. I wouldn’t change any of it because I like who I am, awkwardness and Today Show devotion and all. And even though sometimes it’s difficult, I know it’s all worth it, for there’s an exciting road ahead. And that is, of course, something for which I am thankful.

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