Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to be with family (and perhaps shove them to the ground in a friendly tackle football match), to stuff one’s face with delicious food, a time for parades and pilgrims. But as the name suggests, it’s also a time to reflect on the good tidings we’ve been blessed with. In this day and age, it’s easy to lose yourself in a sea of #firstworldproblems, so this Thanksgiving, we here at The Rock at Boston College are taking some time to think about what we’re thankful for this year. Here’s what our staff had to say.
“Reasons why I’m thankful: 1. Paninis from Stuart because without them I would have died by now. Always hot, always made with whatever you want—simply superior to anything Eagle’s Nest and Hillside offer; 2. Essie nail polish because nothing turns a girl’s day around like a good mani/pedi—enough said; 3. Family because life would be a lot harder without these crazy people. They listen to me, even though most of what comes out of my mouth is sarcasm and inaudible mumblings. For any five million existentialist questions I ask myself daily, most of them are old enough to offer good advice. Finally, they’re pretty damn entertaining to be honest. Of course they’re insufferable at times—but what the hell, I love them anyways.” –Tahira Benjamin ‘17
“What am I thankful for? A lot of things—I’m thankful for Roggies, because pizza as delicious as Domino’s but a lot cheaper is worth adoration. I’m also thankful for the friends I’ve made at BC; they’ve seen me through my rough battles with midterms, and my even rougher battles with relearning how to tame bed head, now that I’ve cut my hair short. I’m thankful for going to BC, and getting to live on Upper, and honestly I’m even thankful for the stairs to Upper… they’re such a work out that I feel better about never going to the Plex!” –Saidhbhe Berry ‘17
“I’m thankful for the ability to be able to experience both sides of the country: the weather, atmosphere, and people in California, as well as now being able to do the same in Massachusetts.” –Joey Dorion ’17
“I’m thankful that the student accommodation I reside in here in London comes with multiple kettles to boil water, without which I would never be able to function through classes and papers. Honourable mention to English Breakfast Tea and other black teas (i.e. Earl Grey & Irish Breakfast) that keep my weary eyes open.” –Danielle Dybbro ‘15
“I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten to spend a great semester exploring the city of Glasgow and other spectacular European sights, but to be honest, I’m not thankful for the lack of Thanksgiving here in the UK. I’d give pretty much anything for a couple of days off with my family and some good food (can you believe that pumpkin pie doesn’t exist here?!) to keep me going through the final stretch of the semester.” –Kate Lewis ‘15
“This Thanksgiving I am grateful for the amazing support network I have: Friends, family, music and food. Most importantly food.” –Bia Lyrio ‘14
“Cliche as it may be, I’m grateful for my parents. At 20 years old, I’m safely past teenage angst (although I still enjoy a good Avril Lavigne song) and I’m back to thinking my parents are the greatest people in the world. More than anything, their unconditional support and faith in me helps me tackle the challenges of being a Boston College student. Also, cappuccinos.” –Sarah Moy ’15
“This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the short amount of time we get to take a break from school life. I’m thankful that we get to reunite with the people we may not have seen since the day we left home. I’m thankful for the plentiful food on the table and the laughter from the many stories told about family history, funny quirks, and outrageous incidents of family and friends. I’m thankful for the warmth of my house and the shaky window panes as gusts of wind pummel them. I am most thankful for the way Thanksgiving allows us to reflect on how far we have come this semester and those prior, and how little time we have left to enjoy these bittersweet college years.” –Christian Petro ’15
“I’m thankful for otters. They are too cute to physically be real things. Seriously, look up the Buzzfeed list called “21 Happiest Otters Ever” and you will understand why otters might be the greatest thing on this planet. I legitimately look at that list twice a week, or whenever I’m feeling a little down. I mean, I guess I’m also thankful for my family and friends or whatever; but actually, otters all the way.” –Chris Pinto ’16
“I’ll tell you what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that Thanksgiving comes so late this year. I’m thankful that we’ve all had to go even longer without any rest, that we’re running on fumes, and that we all have assignments to do over break because of its horrible timing. I’m thankful that when we get back it’ll already be DECEMBER 2ND, with less than eight classes to go, and less than two weeks before my first final. I’m thankful that I’ll have to find time to write three papers in that little week and a half window. Because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Be thankful for the struggle, right?! *twitch*” –Erin Sutton ’16
“This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for San Francisco’s Batkid and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, because who knows how far across the country the bad guys would have gotten without his help? And as always, for my wonderful family, friends, and BC community, who deserve thanks far more than once a year.” –Melissa Warten ’16
The Rock staff would like to wish the entire BC community safe travels and happy feasting this Thanksgiving, whether at home, on campus or abroad.