KSC students talk about what makes Thanksgiving special

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need.”

Whether it’s for just a taste of the meal or a big dinner, a pair of clothes or a designer item, a stranger who made you smile or an irreplaceable loved one, there are so many reasons in the world to be grateful. A week from today people will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day which is a very special occasion to appreciate all the things one has been blessed with in life.

Sophomore Jordan Travers, a communication major, shared, “Thanksgiving is an opportunity to get together with my family and appreciate the privilege that we have been given, take time to appreciate each other’s presence, what we have done and can do for each other.”

First-year Laysha Roberts, a public health nutrition major, feels the fact that she has another day of life, has a home to go to, and gets to eat multiple meals a day is a reason to celebrate and be thankful.

Good food and a good mood add meaning to Thanksgiving Day. Music major, junior Rori Butler, is excited for Thanksgiving as she said, “My Venezuelan boyfriend Pedro will be joining our family’s dinner for the first time and it’s going to be special to show him an American Thanksgiving. We are going to make Arepas, a fusion of American and Venezuelan food.”

“I love cornbread in my family dinner as it’s my Nana’s recipe and supposed to be special and secret,” said first-year Chris Perfetto.

Similarly, Travers loves to have turkey and cranberry sauce with the dinner, while Butler said, “I love warm, good rolls, as I feel like that’s the only time when I have homemade baked rolls with butter.”

Little things make big differences in life. Remembering that, Butler has so many things to be thankful for. “As music is what I study, I am thankful for my ability to hear sounds, my fine motor skills, and being able to move and play piano,” she said.

Travers said, “I am thankful for my friends, family, the people that I am surrounded with, for access to college education and having the privilege to learn.”

Perfetto is grateful for the life experiences. He said, “I am very thankful for my high school experience, as it helped me mature to who I am today.”

When holidays make people kinder and focus on the positive aspects of life, it is indeed very special. No matter what happens in life, there is always something to be thankful for. First-year Laysha Roberts said, “As I gather with my family members and friends, I am reminded to always look at the bigger picture of the circumstances in my life and to fill my mind with thoughts of gratitude!”


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