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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Things to be thankful for

Thanksgiving—the day we remind ourselves just how thankful we are for the family that we love and are driven crazy by, friends that don’t leave our sides, and the countless other blessings in our lives.

At Harvard, there’s much to be thankful for. As both a student at the College and a manager of The Harvard Shop, there’s little time to intentionally sit down and reflect on the progression of this past semester. Going off campus for the short Thanksgiving break, I’ve had some time to be still for a bit and think through all of what I’m personally thankful for this year.

Here are just a few things I’m most thankful for this 2014—

Coming from Southern California (aka the state of eternal sunshine and 70 degree winters), I don’t think I had experienced a full year of real seasons pass until I spent my first year at Harvard. The cold weather does admittedly make me late to class (obviously not because I rolled out of bed 10 minutes before class time) and freezes my hands mid-text, I’ve luckily mastered the art of layering and has made me appreciate the simple beauty of changing seasons. This sweater layered with this cozy scarf and a winter coat has been a foolproof method of warding the cold off…even in the midst of a polar vortex.


They say that friends are the family you actually get to choose, and I absolutely agree. Transitioning in to my second year here has been quite the journey, but through the valleys and mountains of this past semester, my friends have been by my side each and every single step of the way. They’re the kind of friends who model for my photoshoots (see my friend Min-Woo looking handsome in collaboration piece with Vineyard Vines), bring me coffee on protracted study nights, and make me laugh at everything and anything.

My family, despite both my parents being across the country, provides me with the 
unconditional support and guidance that I need to get through the toughest of days. Knowing that my parents are just a single phone call away and that my sister can walk over to my dorm room after her class at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is a huge source of comfort when school gets to be overwhelming. Pictures like this (see my dad proudly donning his favorite baseball hat) keep me motivated and remind me to be thankful for my family’s love and support.

I’m writing this post from the comfort of my friend D.J.’s home in Maine, where I’m spending Thanksgiving weekend. Last night, I watched in wonderment at the simplistic beauty of falling snow, and couldn’t help but feel so awestruck by the sight of the pristine snow this morning. This is my first “white Thanksgiving,” and it’s also my first time snowshoeing, shoveling snow, and helping to taste-test the cranberry sauce. I’m thankful for little and big adventures alike, each so memorable and magical.

Here’s to being thankful for our blessings—all that has and is still to come!

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