‘Tis the season to reflect on the things for which we are most grateful. I’ve got my personal list, ranging from “my adorable dogs,” to “my loving family,” and all things wonderful in between. As a Marist student though, I am given an entirely new set of things for which to be grateful every day.
1. The Views
When I wake up in the morning and look out of my bedroom window, I am greeted by the seemingly boundless Hudson River. First I was grateful for the fall colors enveloping the landscape, and then I was grateful for the leafless trees allowing the Hudson to show through in all its glory. And if you’ve ever had a class in a room on the front side of the Dyson building, you’ve spent some moments staring out the windows, gazing at river backdrop.
2. Walking Through Sunsets
With daylight savings time, the sun has been setting just about the time 3:30 classes are letting out. Chances are you have even stopped mid-walk to snap a photo of the sun setting over the river, in an effort to capture those vibrant pinks, reds, and oranges blending together in a natural work of art.
3. Free Laundry Services
I don’t know about you, but laundry is already one of my least favorite things to do, and would be even more so if I had to paid for it from a messy collection of nickels and dimes.
4. The Newly Renovated Dining Hall and Student Center
I can’t help but feel like I’m eating in a nicely decorated coffee shop when I go to the completely redesigned Main Dining Hall. The renovations to our Student Center make me feel that much closer to attaining my dream of living at Hogwarts.
5. “We Proudly Serve Starbucks Coffee”
To all my Starbucks lovers and addicts, this one speaks for itself.
6. Late Night Hours of Operation at the Cab
What better way to fulfill my midnight craving for Banana Split or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?
7. Friendly Door Holders
It seems “door holding” is a requirement for admittance into the school, because I haven’t come across anyone who hasn’t been kind enough to hold the door. When I’m rushing around in the morning, hauling a coffee in one hand, and heavy textbooks in another, you held the door open for me, and whether you know it or not, just saved the day.
8. Friends That Are Actually Family
While at school, you spend a lot of time away from family, and that can be difficult sometimes. So when you’re missing home, don’t underestimate the power of friendships, especially the ones with which you live.
What are you thankful for this holiday season? Share with us in the comments below.
“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” – Eric Hoffer