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Muskingum students are officially on break for Thanksgiving, and as I spend time with family and friends at home I can’t help but think about what I miss at Muskingum, and all of the things that I’m grateful for.
So, I’ve put together a list of 10 things at Muskingum that I am grateful for:

10. Free stuff. It didn’t take long on Muskingum’s campus to figure out the perks of going to things and getting involved on campus–all kinds of free stuff! I think I’ve acquired 10+ tshirts, and who knows what else!
9. The scenery. One of the reasons I fell in love with Muskingum was the overall beauty of the campus. The time I spent taking photos of the campus in my photography class this semester has only brought me to love the beautiful campus even more. Everywhere I look there is an opportunity to capture a compelling photo.
8. The small campus. There are times when attending a small university has its downfalls. Many students have become a piece gossip on the Muskie grapevine, and I’m sure everyone has had moments where they wish they could be a little less known. That being said, though, there are a lot of perks to being on a small campus, which really exhibited itself when a bomb threat was received this past week. All of the students were safely evacuated from campus within an hour due to the news spreading through word of mouth, the use of the META text alert system, and the dedication of faculty and staff to the safety of students.
7. Professors. I have had some really incredible professors in my time here. There are professors who are challenging and engaging, professors who are supportive and flexible, and an overwhelming number of professors who, if you are actively seeking out help, will do anything they can to help you do your best. I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful my experience with the professors here has been, and I couldn’t imagine attending another school for that fact.
6. The Black&Magenta. I have written for the school newspaper since my freshman year, and I have gradually worked my way up to an editor position. My time spent here has been frustrating at times–it’s always difficult to work with peers–but it has given me a lot of great experience that may come in handy some day. It has also given me a voice in ways that I haven’t really had otherwise, through writing commentaries about things that are really important to me. Though working for the paper is sort of a love/hate relationship, it has been an important part of my college experience, and I’m grateful for it.
5. Internships. This goes along with number 1 for the most part, but I’ve completed two internships in my time at Muskingum and I really feel that it has helped to strengthen my understanding of the field, as well as helped me to gain real-world experience. It may seem like a small thing, but it could be the determining factor for a job opening in the future.
4. Friendships. They say that the friends you make in college are the ones that you’ll have for the rest of your life, and I certainly hope this is true. I’ve both gained and lost friends, and I’ve grown closer with some people and more distanced from others. I know for a fact, though, that I have some incredible friends whose lives I want to remain a part of.
3. Alpha Sigma Alpha. I cannot imagine my life without the values and ideals of this organization, nor the women in it. My time as a member of ASA has changed my life, and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. It’s been great to welcome new members to the sorority and help to share the essence of ASA with them, and already I can see it taking shape in their lives. My time with this organization is only just beginning, though, and I look forward to what it will have to offer me and what I can offer it throughout the rest of my life.
2. Opportunities. Whether its the Muskiepalooza concert, a red-eye trip to New York City, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, or even just going to a Centerboard event, I’ve had a lot of great chances at Muskingum, and I’ve gladly taken advantage of many of them. These opportunities have helped to enrich my college experience as well as influence my development into the person that I am today.
1. A quality education. In my four years at Muskingum, I’ve had my share of easy classes, but I’ve also had my share of challenging ones. I’ve had professors I can’t stand and professors I love. As I wrap up one of my majors and prepare to finish the second, though, it’s clear to me that Muskingum has done one thing for me, if nothing else–taught me. I have learned so much in my time here, both in and out of the classroom, and I was able to do that in a small environment where I could get the help and support I needed. That is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of my college experience.

That’s my list of gratitude. I hope this holiday finds each of you equally as grateful!
Happy (early) Thanksgiving,


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