With Thanksgiving falling on November 26th this year, I decided to make a list of 26 things I am thankful for:
- My parents for creating me
- My twin for sharing a womb with me
- My brothers for challenging me and sticking up for me
- Aunts and Uncles and Cousins who support me
- My old friends for teaching me life lessons
- My new friends for experiencing life with me
- People who motivate me
- People who try to tear me down
- Teachers who have taught me
- Fellow Students who have helped me learn
- My Roommate who annoys and loves me like no one else
- Having food in the refrigerator and pantry
- Ability to receive an education
- My faith
- Being able to eat Sweet Tea and gummy bears
- Living in a country where I have my Freedom
- Ability to read and write
- Warm and safe home
- My health
- My grandma and grandpa though you passed when I was young, you shaped my family and made me the person I am today
- My dog who snuggles with me and always wants to play
- My boyfriend/best friend who encourages and motivates me to be the best person I can be
- Turtles because turtles are awesome
- Flowers and other pretty things
- My city that I have grown up in and grown to be a part of
Happy Thanksgiving! Spend time with your family, remember you are blessed and eat lots of food!
Thanksgiving is in one week – my first Thanksgiving in the States.
I hereby would love to express my gratitude and appreciation to the teachers, staffs and friends in Fontbonne. You made my life so much more fun and enjoyable.
I have never been such a positive person before I came here. Having to study things I did not like and then having to deal with stress from enormous workload in school, to match family’s and self expectation had made my high school years depressing. Focusing too much on academic achievements took away most of my time for my family, friends, and hobbies. I was always in a bad mood and my health was not so great, both mentally and physically.
And though I did not get the grades I expected, Fontbonne still took me in welcoming. Since I came to Fontbonne, I have received nothing but warmth and care. My teachers know who I am, the staffs (especially in the International office) always dote on me, and I have met amazing friends who are not hesitant and anytime to lend me ears and hugs. I feel like I’m really belonged here in this small cozy community at Fontbonne.
So, once again, I would like to take this chance to say “Thank you” to all those have helped and cared for me since I first came to the U.S. I really appreciate what you did for me.
I know from experience that it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of everyday life. From this, we tend to focus on all the negatives that we perceive are out to get us, when truthfully we have so much to be thankful for. A professor once gave me a bit of advice that really stuck with me. What they told me and how I utilize their advice to this day, truly impacts how I feel on a day to day basis. This was what they told me:
“When you look for the good in every day, you will find good. When you look for the negative, you will surely find negative.”
This is not to say that no situation, person or thing in the world will ever be unfair, unkind, unlucky or unjust. Life events will happen that bring about joy, happiness and bliss, and others may bring grief, sorrow and heartache. That said, it is ultimately up to you how you react to every situation or circumstance you are given in life. Life is not going to hand you the key to happiness on a silver platter. You already have the key, and it is your job to use that key to unlock happiness within yourself.
In light of all that is happening in the nation and all that you may be dealing with today, I challenge you to take a few deep breaths and focus on the good in your day. When your brain wants to dwell on all that is wrong, think of three things that bring you happiness or that you are grateful for. It may seem unnatural or difficult at first, but I promise you this practice can really change one’s perspective.
I hope you all reflect on positives in your day, and gain a fresh perspective that will aid you in all the challenges you may face in the present and future. You are not alone
As the semester of Fall 2015 slowly comes to an end, I can’t help but to recollect on this long and tedious semester. The past few semesters have been tumultuous, so I generally expected Fall 2015 to be the same. I took it upon myself this semester to focus on myself and my grades. To do this, I had to quit my job and put my all into school. Although it’s been difficult, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My grades have soared and I’m happier than ever.
I’ve learned that it’s important to take time for yourself and not let anyone else get in your way. Some people will never understand the work that goes into college and never will. I’ve had this problem with several people in my past who wanted me prioritize them and a social life over the hard work it takes to get good grades in my major. I’ve also had people question why I’m not working, because money is important. What they don’t understand is that I’m securing a good paying job for my future, but it will take me a while to get there. So for the time being, instead of focusing on some minimum wage paying job that’s subpar and I won’t enjoy, why not focus my time on something that will benefit me and pay well in the long run. This closing semester of my senior year here at Fontbonne has been a good one. I’ve made tons of good new friends and worked my butt off to get here now. And graduation is just around the corner!!
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you should absolutely take the time for yourself rather than anyone else. It’s been good, Fall 2015! Bring on the finals and winter break!!