My Thanksgiving story

My Thanksgiving story

The things I am thankful for.

For the past couple days I've been thinking about what thanksgiving really means to me. Now that I'm thinking about it, I realize it has a much deeper meaning than I ever thought it would have to me.

First of all, I was born and raised in Mexico City, and although it is surprising to some people, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving, generally. I mean, we know it's important in the United States but it really isn't our holiday. However, about three years ago, life choices took my mom, my sister and I to Colorado. Originally, that move was meant to last only one year, but I guess that fate had a different plan for us.

My first Thanksgiving was pretty exciting. It still had no real meaning to me, but it was a wonderful excuse to have a great meal with the most important people in my life. To be honest, it was a lot of fun too! We looked up American thanksgiving recipes and for the first time in my life I had the chance to have a hint of what American's experience every Thanksgiving.

The years to come in the United States were definitely unexpected and unpredictable but I learned a lot about myself and the world as well as my place in it. Thus, every holiday season was a time for me to realize how much I had learned and evolved, noticing that every year I was a different person than the previous year.

Throughout those three years in Colorado, I met a lot of people who came from very different backgrounds compared to mine. Which was shocking at first, but one of the most important things I learned from that is how incredibly lucky I am and that I should never take anything for granted. I acknowledged the extraordinary love I received every day from my family and the wonderful friends I've made throughout the years. Thanks to them I've had a beautiful life and grown to become who I am today.

This year, Thanksgiving represented a very special occasion to me since I am extra-grateful to everyone in my life for so many things, plus the fact that I got to experience the holiday away from my family. Even though, that brought up an opportunity to meet new people, as well as helped me to put the things I'm grateful for into perspective.

First of all, I'm grateful for my family, especially my parents. Thanks to them I am living a dream by studying my dream career in one of the best cities in the world, New York City. Secondly, I am thankful for the rest of my family and friends whose love and support live in my heart and motivate me to be the best person I can be every day. Also, I'm thankful for all the amazing people I've met at AMDA who have become my New York family. And last but not least, I am thankful for the opportunities life has given me, showing me in their own way how beautiful life can be if you take the time to see the simple and pretty things found all around you.

In summary, what I've learned from Thanksgiving is that regardless of what it means to you and where you come from, it's important to take some time - at least once in a while - to recognize the things you are thankful for and appreciate them.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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