I was having a hard time finding something that made sense for this particular prompt. I always express gratitude to my parents and appreciate all they’ve done to me, so it wasn’t incredibly exciting to write about that. My friends from home and from undergrad are wonderful, too, and I try and do my best to make sure they know that I love them and care about them.
However, the thing that I am most grateful for this past year– and it is something that is new– are the people I have met in my graduate program. It’s one thing to be surrounded by a lot of people who share your interests and passions, and it’s another to be surrounded by those same people and realize that they also share your sense of humor and sense of adventure and all sorts of other great aspects. I realized all of this after coming back from yet another small cohort get-together. In the past week or so, we’ve attended happy hours together several times, gone out dancing, played new card games, and (of course) watched a ton of YouTube videos together. I am very thankful to have a group of “newly-friends” who like being around each other.
I hope that my gratitude comes across in my frequent musings about how awesome the people in this program really are. I hope my fellow CSSA’ers feel appreciated when I’m around them, as I want to be there when times are tough and when times are good. I try to lend a helpful hand or an attentive ear when necessary, and as usual, I try and lend a sense of humor to everything.
There’s a reason I chose this program, and I’m sure part of it had to do with the people I had no idea I would meet.