As your final fall semester of high school draws to a close, it is a good idea to take a moment and reflect on all the people that have helped you become the person that you are today, and what better time to do this than at Thanksgiving? Here are some people to be thankful for:

  1. Family: A family that raised you, believes in you, and encourages you to follow your dreams is a wonderful gift. Take some time this Thanksgiving season to tell your family that you love and appreciate them. You can also show your appreciation by making a card or by helping out more with Thanksgiving dinner. Once you go to college, holidays at home will probably take on a different dynamic. Take some time to enjoy your last holiday season while living at home, and fully engage in all your family traditions.

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  1. Friends: Hopefully you regularly let your friends know that you are thankful for them, but be sure to tell them anyway! Even if you are going to the same college as all of your friends, your friendships will change in a lot of ways once you leave high school. Maintaining friendships can be difficult (but definitely not impossible) as an adult. Take some time to reminisce with your friends about good times that you’ve had, and make plans to have more good times before you graduate.
  1. Teachers, counselors, and other mentors: Having adults outside of your family that are invested in your success is extremely valuable. Be sure to thank the teachers who have touched your life, the counselors who will bend over backwards to get you to college, and the mentors that encourage you to persevere through all obstacles. The adults in your life will be thrilled to know that they have played an important role in your life.

Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leave your answers in the comments below!