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So much to be thankful for
Posted Nov. 16, 2007

Marilee Lorusso
Editor in Chief

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to recognize the people and everything that you are thankful for. We should always think about what we are thankful for, but Thanksgiving is the best time to let others know.

I remember when I was younger, in middle school, my classmates and I had assignments, along with the turkey art and stories about the Pilgrims and Indians, to list what we were thankful for around Thanksgiving time.

I never really put that much thought into it. Of course, I thought of my friends and family. But now, at this point in my life, I have realized that I really do have so much to be thankful for: family, friends, school–just life in general.

I have to say first and foremost that I am really lucky to have my parents. I am so thankful for everything that they do and have done for me. Along with helping me with my homework when I was younger and buying me cool stuff, my parents have always been there for me.

Whenever I go through a hard time, I am stressed out or I just need to get away from my life as a college student, my parents are always there waiting with open arms. They have stuck by me every time I got a bad grade, got in a fight with my boyfriend or just flat out felt bad. Most importantly, they have supported me in every decision that I have made.

When I went through a hard time during my first years in college, they stuck by me, answering every phone call in the middle of the night and welcomed me with open arms when I escaped to their house. Even when I had the crazy idea that I wanted to transfer in the middle of the school year, they went with me to colleges to look around, even though they knew I probably was not going to go through with it.

The little things they do for me are also what I am most thankful for. Every spelling bee I participated in when I was younger, my parents practiced with me and supported me at the actual competition. Every story that I have ever written for any publication, my parents have tracked down and saved to show family and friends.

Not only do they help me financially, they give me the motivation and inspiration to be me and in everything that I do. They are my biggest fans, and I could not be more thankful.

I also have great friends and sorority sisters that have made life so much fun. My friends have always been there for me when I needed to go out and just have fun. There are no other people who have seen me at my best and at my worst, and I am thankful for their friendship because they have never cast judgment on me. Just like my parents, they are an inspiration to me. They keep me going, and with them, I am always bound to have a great time.

As for my sorority sisters, they always bring out the best in me and give me so much encouragement, which I am extremely thankful for. When I was feeling like I had lost my connection to student life on campus, they showed me that the fun was still there.

I also have to say I am thankful for every opportunity that has come my way this so far this school year. I have had so much support from professors, co-workers, family and friends. I have been overwhelmed with encouragement, and it has been the greatest feeling to know that I have so many people who believe in me.

Although Thanksgiving is just one day, and we should always think about what we are thankful for.

Next Thursday, I hope that since we have a short break from our hectic schedules, that you have the opportunity to think about what you are truly thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Marilee Lorusso, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at