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Thanksgiving column: A time for giving thanks

In my family, every holiday is a big event. Thanksgiving is no exception. We travel around the Kansas City area and visit all our family. 


The day starts off with lunch at my grandma’s house on my dad’s side of the family. This includes all the normal Thanksgiving fixings. We load up on food there, then move onto my aunt’s house on my mom’s side. All my great aunts and uncles come over and we have another large Thanksgiving meal. We eat, drink, and enjoy catching up with each other. After dinner, we migrate to my mom’s cousin’s house for some dessert and drinks with my whole extended family. 


Reflecting on Thanksgiving and my family’s traditions, I realize how much I must be thankful for. It’s such a blessing to have so many family members to visit and spend time with. It’s so important to step back and feel gratitude for all the people in my life.  


As we leave for Thanksgiving break, we can take a moment to appreciate the friends around us on campus. Consider all the friendships you have made or deepened this semester and how this has impacted you.  


Wherever you go on this holiday, take a moment to feel gratitude for the impactful people in your life. I am so thankful for my family, friends, and how this semester has challenged me and helped me to grow.  

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