That time of the year has just passed. We’re talking good food, booze and awkward dinner table conversations. Despite this, it’s also the time of year to unleash all of your pent-up thankfulness that you’ve been saving this year. It’s time to express your gratitude and be thankful for everything in your life, the ups and the downs. Even though Thanksgiving just passed, remember this short list of things you should continue to be thankful for.
Classes that don’t have mandatory attendance
Whether you’re having a Netflix binge session of your favorite TV show or cramming for something you should’ve done earlier, we can all be thankful for classes that don’t take attendance. Of course it’s always great to attend class, but sometimes you just need a break. From everything.
It’s okay if you didn’t do too well on that one midterm. Chances are, other people didn’t either. It’s a nice feeling to know that a lot of people took an L as hard as you did. To quote our favorite early 2000s movie, “We’re all in this together.”
We all probably remember showing up early to our first class at UC Berkeley before we learned one of the greatest gifts that our beloved school could ever give us: Berkeley time. Ten minutes doesn’t seem like a long time, but time flies when you’re having fun. Or hiking from Tolman Hall to Pimentel. Let the good times roll!
The fuel for many college students, coffee is one of mother nature’s greatest gifts to humans. Hot or cold, there’s nothing like a cup or four of coffee. We’ll be forever grateful for this bean water, especially when we pull all-nighters or have to drag ourselves to 8 a.m.s.
Whether they remind us of our own puppers or other pets (cats exist too, not just dogs), nothing brightens up your day more than spotting a doggo on Upper Sproul, Memorial Glade or anywhere, to be honest.
Course capture at twice the speed
Ninety-minute lecture? No thanks. If you didn’t go to lecture or want to review something that the professor said, you can easily access the lecture online on bCourses. This is probably the closest thing to time travel that we have. Be thankful for that.
Living in the Bay Area
Everything’s here: San Francisco, Silicon Valley and everything in between. Whether you want to take a hike, shop till you drop or go to the beach, the Bay Area always has something to offer. Not to mention the amazing food, great weather and diversity — the bay’s the place to be. #yayarea
Friends and family
Ah yes, the beloved support network. Only a call or text message away, they’re there whenever you need them. They’re there when you’re having a mid-college life crisis or hold your hand (or hair back when you’ve had a little too much to drink).
Look at where you are right now. You did that. You should be proud of what you’ve been able to accomplish! Be thankful for everything that you’ve been through, the ups and downs. Thanksgiving’s a time to express your gratitude for others but a little self-love never hurt nobody.
Being at UC Berkeley!
Congrats on being a Golden Bear at the No. 1 public university in the world! The opportunity to go to UC Berkeley is something that many people could only ever dream of. At times, it can be a little overwhelming and you might feel inferior to everyone, but don’t. Even if you feel like you don’t belong here here, know that you do. Remember that you’re here for a reason. You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and most importantly, you’re enough.
Expressing gratitude shouldn’t be limited to one day during the year. Share some gratitude this Thanksgiving. And the day after that. And the day after that. So go grab a cocktail or mocktail and share your gratitude with those around you. And don’t forget to say cheers to surviving another awkward Thanksgiving dinner!
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