As we draw closer to Thanksgiving (and Thanksgiving break!!! Wahoo!), I have been thinking a lot about what I am thankful for. I have been so very lucky/blessed in my life that I really have no idea where to begin. I usually can’t say just one thing I am thankful for so I end up making lists. They can becoming quite annoying, but at least I know I am covering everything!
A couple days ago, my Resident Assistant put up a big huge piece of yellow paper up in our hall. He then put a pack of markers next to it. At the top of the paper it says something along the lines of, “What are you grateful for?” It has been really cool to see what others have written. Not only has this gone up in my hall way, the dining hall also has the same question drawn up on the window in dry erase markers and you are free to write what you want. Can I just say that I am extremely thankful to be here at SUU where is it obvious that everyone here has thankful hearts, especially at this time of year?
If I had all the space in the world, I would write everything I am thankful for however, I have to keep it short. Most of all, I am thankful to be here at SUU. I am thankful for the life long friends I have made while here. I am thankful for old friends and my amazing family. This picture will also tell you some things I am thankful for:
Don’t forget to enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday and eat lots of food, but also, don’t forget to think of what you are thankful for.
This is my friend Susie. We graduated from high school together. We were friends, as you can tell by the precious feline she is holding. This weekend we met up to chat like we have every Thanksgiving Break since graduation.
She is a real Miss Adventure. In the little over 3 years we have been graduated, she had lived in (not just visited) the following places: New Haven, CT; New York, NY; Brooklyn, NY, Salt Lake City, UT; and Istanbul, Turkey. When we gather she tells me crazy stories from her adventures. While they are fun and make me slightly jealous, I am happy with the adventure I took down to Cedar City, UT. Cedar has been very kind to this boy.
…and that’s is all I got to say about that.
I can’t believe the semester is almost coming to an end. We have three weeks left of school at SUU before Christmas break. Then, just like that, classes will be starting up again and another semester will be underway. Thanksgiving Break also starts …. well, as soon as class ends today, which is very exciting.
Sometimes it is hard to focus when there is such little time left, so I thought I’d give four suggestions for what I do when the end of the semester rolls around:
1. Don’t get stuck in a rut. In other words, don’t just focus on the count down (although that is probably hypocritical of the first paragraph). If you focus on getting each project done, making sure to complete assignments on time, you’ll get through the last few weeks.
2. Take time to have fun. Yes, studying for finals is important. Yes, those final projects are sometimes a pain and lack of motivation may be running high. But, work hard. Don’t give your worst at the end of the semester. Instead, work hard, but also take breaks while studying. Go grab some frozen yogurt at Krave or a white hot chocolate from The Grind.
3. Make time to exercise. Whenever I get really stressed and unmotivated, I realize there usually has been a lack of exercise. So, dust off your gym shoes, rent some rock climbing equipment for the indoor rock wall, or find some friends who can (or can’t) play racquetball.
4. Get enough sleep. This one can be quite difficult for college students, but I have found that I can focus more, I am happier, and I feel less stressed when I get enough sleep at night.
Do you have any tips to share?