As a Humboldt State student, there were times when I questioned my choice to attend the farthest North CSU. However, most of the time I find myself thankful for what experiences and challenges I experience at Humboldt.
Of course, what I am thankful for is not always true or the norm for most people. While there are kind strangers, there are people who just suck. At lot goes wrong, the salary of certain individuals is outrageous for a school system, CAPS is always full and there's not always a lot to do.
But I'm being thankful right now and the truth is there is a lot of positives to attending Humboldt State. While college is always challenging I truly believe it gets better each year.
Here are just a few of the reasons why I'm thankful for attending HSU.
1. Most people on campus tend to be super friendlysmile at a stranger they smile back. In fact, most of the time they are already smiling at me first.
By attending HSU, I have encountered a lot of wonderful people. Thanks for the lessons, laughs and love.
2. It really is a beautiful place
It's not just a filter: The forests are a gorgeous place filled with soft green ferns, towering redwoods and hidden mushrooms. The sunsets are breathtaking. There is a lot of wildlife.
3. The Diversity and Common Ground Classeshigh school and about other peoples' perspectives and realities.
Given the recent election, I wish more people took these classes.
4. Art is Loved
5. There's no traffic
With the exception of certain times of day or graduation, there is pretty much no traffic problems.
Parking on the other hand...
6. Sustainability is a serious topic and nature is valued
As a business major, I appreciate my professors teaching the importance of the triple bottom line. There's also the students lead initiatives for change, like the hydration stations and Meatless Mondays.
7. My professors are greatinspiring, challenging and are advocates for students.
8. The passionate students
Sometimes students have too much pressure on their shoulders, especially when it comes to creating change on campus.
However, Humboldt State is filled with students who want to help make the world a better place in some way.
9. Amazing staff
10. Campus EventsJokes for Votes tour, checked out Humboldt State Downtown and more.
As a bonus, there's often pizza at programs.
11. The beach is close by
Granted, I don't go to the beach as often as I should, but it's a relief knowing it's just a short drive away to a gorgeous empty beach.
12. Personal Change
As I mentioned before, attending Humboldt State has changed me. I'm thankful for the experiences and know I will always be impacted by the choice to live in the tiny town surrounded by redwoods.