Now that finals week has started, I have looked back over this fall semester with joy and sorrow. School went better than I could I have ever imagined. Because of this, taking a break makes me nervous and disappointed. What am I going to do with several weeks without structure, companionship, and work?
However, today on Thankfulness Thursday I am going to focus on the positives from this fall semester. There are so many things so I am going to list some of the main ones. I would love to hear what you are thankful for in this past fall whether or not you were in school.
320. Returning to the stage – Being in a show once again was a highlight of my entire year. Playing a little girl and a peasant challenged and stretched me. The cast was amazing and each of them touched me in different ways. I am so thankful for all of them.
321. Becoming an advanced grammarian – My advanced grammar class forced me to learn and grow in many ways. Although I started off wary of the class, I later warmed to the professor and subject. Now the knowledge has proved extremely useful and enjoyable.
322. New friendships – Katie, Alyssa, Gabe, Dawson, Annie, Anna, Bryan, Collin, Rachel, Sophie, Forrest, Josh, Rebecca, Miriam, Corey, Nathan, Charity, Lissy – there are so many wonderful people that I met. Thank you to each of them for being bright lights and sources of joy to me and others!
323. Growing closer to old friends – Celine and Amy, both of you made me feel comfortable and accepted. At my worst, you helped me up. Now that I am doing better, you remained loyally by my side. I owe so much to you and others who welcomed me back.
324. Editing the student newspaper – Having this responsibility helped me to stay busy on campus. Also, I learned that I can contribute to my school. Although not perfect, my work helped to give our paper an online presence.
325. Writing and reporting – Going into this semester, I wondered if I might switch to journalism. After all, my qualities are somewhat similar to a reporter: curious, interested in learning new things, adventurous. However, this career choice clearly did not fit my personality and dreams. Still, I enjoyed learning more about it and reporting for the student paper.
326. Being published in the literary magazine – Having my piece selected to run in the school’s literary magazine excited me. Already, others have approached me and mentioned what I wrote. More than the recognition, the ability to help others warmed my heart.
327. Recovering from car accidents – Driving is difficult for me. Despite several mishaps, I have continued to brave the roads. In the past year, my strength and ability to cope with stress has matured.
328. Joining speech team – Although this has been more difficult than I first expected, joining this club is another step toward a hopeful future. Now I can learn how to become a better speaker so that I can present to others. One day I hope to speak about my recovery and hope for others.
329. Sharing my story honestly – Several times I have opened up to others about my struggles. This has been healing for me as well as for them too (I hope). Doing this is what my dream is and I hope to do it more and more.
330. Finally belonging – After several semesters wondering if I should stay at my school, I finally know that I am in the right place. For the first time, I feel safe, happy, and hopeful. This semester has strengthened and encouraged me. I look forward to three more semesters at this wonderful university.
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