What students should really be thankful for

By Jake Solyst | November 25, 2015

College is just one of those things we take for granted. We think of it as something that we’re supposed to do, something we have to do, and definitely not something we should be thankful for. 

But that’s not right. There are some amazing things about college that are worth thinking about, and worth showing respect for. 

So we made a list. It’s a very good list. It took a lot of pondering, a lot of reflection, and we did it to make us all think about just why college is such a spectacular, global tradition. It’s our Thanksgiving Thankful list.

Thankful List:

  1. You’re learning things that you’ll never be able to learn again. Many of the classes you’ll take in college are really interesting and can’t simply be recreated in your bedroom. Sure you can join a Sub-Reddit or watch some Crash Course videos, but nothing will ever compare to the influential (sometimes rigorous) learning you’ll do in college.

  2. You’re meeting lifelong friends. Just like these courses, making friends in college is easily done in college. Outside of college? Not as easy. The memories you’re making, things you’re learning, and changes you’re making together is something to be cherished. This young adult playground doesn’t last forever. 

  3. You’re Maturing. Sometimes you can just be thankful for not being stagnant. You’re learning things, both scholarly and worldly, and facing challenges that’ll make you a more mature person. You’re also doing a bunch of silly childish things at the same time, so go figure.

  4. You’re becoming a master of something. It really is time that students begin to find something they’re good at and own it. Don’t just choose a major, embrace one and make it work for you. The time and support college gives you to do this is definitely something to be thankful for.

  5. You have a ton of support. While you’re not babied at college, many teachers, fellow students and friends will still have your back. Sure students will still compete, but at the end of the day there are plenty of campus groups meant to support you. 

  6. You’re independent. Whether you’re paying for all, part, or none of your tuition, attending college immediately deems you an independent person. This is a great feeling, and it gives you  the opportunity to see what you’re really made of. Life is also a lot more fun and exciting that way.

  7. You’re joining a legacy. Some colleges have more pride than others, and if this year has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes it’s very difficult to have any pride at all. Still, there is good in all schools, especially if you take advantage of it. Whether you want to embrace the Mathematics department, the Frisbee Team, or the school as a whole, be thankful for the fact that you’re joining something that’s bigger than you that you can look back on for the rest of your life. Where that hoodie proudly. 

  8. You’re building relationships with accomplished people. Professors aren’t nobodies. They’re smart, accomplished, experts in their field. Don’t be afraid to get to know them a little better, and make sure to be thankful for the chance to learn from them. If done right this can pay off in (fingers crossed) a job opportunity.

  9. You made it. College may have always seemed inevitable to you, if not unavoidable, but just the fact that you’re enrolled, with all these amazing opportunities swimming around at your feet, is certainly something to be thankful for. Really stop for a second to feel good about yourself. It’s a sign of respect. Then go ahead and thank all the people who’ve helped you.