This year has been an absolute whirlwind. I have gone through trying times. I have experienced serious life changes. I have failed. I have doubted myself. But, overall, I’m so thankful that even when I thought it was the end of the world — I pushed through it. Being the editor-in-chief of a student-run newspaper comes with a lot of responsibility and headaches, but at the end of the day, I’m surrounded by co-workers who are so supportive and caring. This is something I am so grateful for because I don’t know what I would do without them. At the end of the day, I’m most thankful for my gorgeous Cavalier King Charles puppy, Luke. His kisses make everything better.
This year has blessed me with so many new job and academic opportunities. If you told me this time last year I would be producing Jambar TV and working as the managing editor along with four other jobs, I would have laughed in your face. But with these new roles, I’ve grown to be stronger and more confident in my skills as a journalist. I’m thankful for my friends and family who stick by me through all the ups and downs of college life. Additionally, I’m thankful for life’s little happy moments and my guilty pleasures, like StoneFruit iced coffee, my derma roller and cheesy 2000s teen movies.
With the 2019 year almost over, there are a couple things that I have gained more appreciation for than in the past. First, I am most thankful for my health. My family has overcome health obstacles in the past year, and I am so thankful that everyone is still here with me today. Second, I am thankful for the learning opportunities I have received through Youngstown State University during my senior year. I feel more ready than ever to graduate from the university and (hopefully) tackle the news industry and perform to the best of my ability. Lastly, I am thankful for all of the wonderful people I surround myself with on a daily basis. Between my family and friends, I couldn’t be more blessed. P.S. I am also extremely grateful for sleep. Yippie!
Although I’m thankful for being able to make music with my bassoon family at YSU and contribute to organizations I’m passionate about here, like our Jamily’s, I think I’m most thankful for surviving this semester. All of us ultimately pull through, but the process can definitely be a struggle, especially when you’re pulled in a million different directions. A special thank-you goes to those that have warmed my heart through our Mental Health Mondays. I hope everyone is able to surround themselves with positivity, growth and friendships during this holiday season like I have throughout the semester. Yay, sleep!
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I’m thankful to have a great support system in my family, friends and dogs, a job in my field of study, the sports that keep me employed and the financial security to be able to treat myself with a pair of shoes now and then. Also, the Oxford comma.
It’s difficult to pinpoint specific things and people that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. Fall 2019 has easily been the most difficult semester of my entire school life, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my family, friends, teammates, professors and co-workers. They made sure I knew they supported me at every step and misstep. I could not be more thankful for their presence in my life.