The time has come to put cranberries in absolutely every dish you can think of and to give some extra attention to the best orange foods that never get enough love, pumpkins and sweet potatoes: it is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, apart from being a dream come true for foodies like myself, is also, of course, a time to be grateful for all of our blessings. So, in the spirit of gratitude, here is a list of things I am more thankful for than ever now that I am off at college.
- Skype: What would life be without Skype? Video chat is the perfect way to stay connected to your family and friends (and cat) when you are far from home. Tip: if your campus Wi-Fi is not that great, you may need to use an Ethernet cable to maintain a good connection. Mine works fine without it, but my brother has to use the cable.
- Catholic Campus Ministries (CCM): I love CCM. It is a great resource for William and Mary’s Catholic students as they grow in faith and a perfect way to make friends who share your values. On a lot of campuses, Catholic groups may be called Newman Groups, but here we call it CCM.
- The Honor Code: At William and Mary, at the beginning of their first year, all students pledge to follow the Honor Code. It may just seem like a simple, ceremonious tradition, but it is actually the foundation for our great student and faculty community. Personally, I really appreciate that it establishes enough trust between staff and students for them to give us access to classrooms after class hours so we can watch movies on the projector screens!
- Earplugs: I usually go to bed a couple of hours before the other people on my floor, so these are indispensable.
- Jane Austen: I hardly thought I could gain much more appreciation for the author who was, quite likely, the most brilliant woman ever to live, but I have. High school girls, if you have not a Jane Austen novel yet, read one before you go off to college! Her books have been the center of some of the best conversations I have had. Nothing establishes female camaraderie quite like a shared love of Mr. Darcy. There is something about Austen’s books that makes them perfect conversation and friendship starters.
- Last, but not least, Quizlet: This is the ultimate vocabulary study tool. If you aren’t using it, you should. This semester, Quizlet has saved me from making hundreds upon hundreds of note cards for my Latin course. The author of our textbook made online study sets, so students don’t even have to take the time to create the cards: we just study. Quizlet provides study sets for all subject areas to make your life just a bit better (or a lot better, actually; who truly wants to make note cards?).
Those are just a few of the many things for which I am thankful. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!