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Thanks and Give ‘em

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016
    Around Thanksgiving people always like to examine their lives and identify all of the things in life they’re thankful for. With our busy college lives, we can sometimes take the people we interact with and the opportunities we have for granted, so listing the things we’re thankful for can be a humbling and encouraging exercise. With that being said, here are the top 4 things that I am most thankful for in life, apart from the obvious friends, family, food, and shelter:
    1. I am thankful for all of my experiences, especially the bad ones. This one may seem a little strange, but it makes my top 4 things that I’m thankful for every single year. I am thankful for all of the good things that have happened to me, and I would never wish for more hardship; ultimately, though, my bad experiences have made me the person I am today. They’ve helped me grow and mature, and given me the ability to help other people that are experiencing the things that I went through. For that, I am extremely thankful.
    2. I am thankful for the opportunity to go to A&M. I am a first generation college student, and it feels amazing. I feel very lucky, because in high school my grades were flat out awful, and I never took the SAT or ACT. I was on a bad track, but I had the opportunity to go to Blinn. After some very hard work, I have become more responsible and now I have a 3.5 GPA at A&M!
    3. I am thankful for not being injured. Since I started skateboarding, there have been so many times that I have gotten hurt. I am constantly all bruised up from taking falls, and there have even been a few times where I’ve seriously injured myself. I can honestly say that I am very thankful that I am not currently injured in some way (albeit a little bit bruised up as always).
    4. I am thankful for having positive people in my life. This has been incredibly integral to my mental health. A big part of staying positive in life is surrounding yourself with positive people. These are the people that encourage me and keep me going whenever I get discouraged. I guess this sort of counts as being thankful for friends, but they’re super cool so I’ll make an exception.
    There are lots of other things that I’m thankful for, but they are pretty generic. These are the things that I feel are super valuable to me and have had a huge impact on my life. So what are you thankful for?

    I hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing you all after the break!

    by Joshua Parmentier, College of Education
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