Thanksgiving is not at the top of the list of my favorite holidays for a number of reasons. The history behind Thanksgiving is one of them, and secondly I am a vegetarian and it tends to be a meat heavy holiday. However, this time of year naturally gets me reflecting on what I am thankful for so I am going to share a few things on my list:
  • My partner for many reasons, including the fact he agreed to live in a residence hall so I can continue to pursue my calling as a student affairs professional.
  • My family for their continued support and guidance.
  • Bridge’s Transition Theory. You laugh, but having a framework to understand my transition over the past year has helped tremendously.
  • Colleagues who I can engage in dialogue around issues of social justice.
  • Skype so I can talk to my best friends who are spread out around the U.S. and across the world. 
  • The awesome students I’ve worked with over the last two years.
 Many folks only share what they are thankful for this time of year. I am making a personal commitment to share my gratitude to people year round and not just over Thanksgiving. I am starting with my students, but some read my posts so I can’t go into much detail yet! How do you show your gratitude to students you work with or supervise?

I will miss spending time with my family this year (I am on duty), but I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner for students who will be in the halls. This will be the first Thanksgiving meal I’ll make (with help from Safeway). Pictures will be shared!

Stefanie Lucas-Waverly

Student Affairs - the First Years

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