What I’m Thankful For…

Author:  Rebecca Eckart, GEd’13

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday with your families and friends. This year, I hung out with family for the first time in five years, so my Thanksgiving was extra special.  It also made me realize I have a lot to give thanks for.  Here is a list of the top five things for which I am grateful this year:

5: Thanksgiving food.  Having lived abroad for the past five years, I could not wait to eat turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, and I encouraged my international friends to try this uniquely American holiday cuisine.

4: International friends. One reason I chose to study at Penn was the large international student population on campus.

3: My GSE cohorts.  I was so worried before coming to Penn: Would I make friends? Would I fit in with 22 year-olds after having been out in the work force for five years? Thankfully, my cohort is a fun, supportive group of people of diverse experiences, and I’ve made good friends both within and outside my cohort.

Members of my GSE cohort at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

2: Being accepted to Penn.  I never imagined I’d be an Ivey-Leaguer, and I wasn’t able to visit before I accepted my offer of admission.  My first week on campus, though, I was so glad I’d chosen to come here. Penn embodies the perfect blend of large-university-with-extensive-resources and beautiful-old-campus.

Fall leaves on Locust Walk.

1: My family.  Spending Thanksgiving with my family was truly wonderful this year, and I have to say thanks to my parents for driving me and a car-load of stuff across all of Ohio and Pennsylvania in August.  I bet they thought they were done with that two years ago when my younger sister finished college.  Thanks Mom and Dad, and I promise that after I graduate from Penn, you will never have to do that again!

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One response to “What I’m Thankful For…

  1. We will help you any time you need help. Love, Dad!

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