Happy Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving on the horizon and the holiday season around the corner, I took some time to reflect on who influenced my life in high school and college. During that reflection I discovered a need to say “Thank YOU” to some special groups of people in my life.

I see that many of EducationQuest’s followers have taken on the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge – keep up the great work!

Here are the things that I am thankful for, and I encourage you to add to this list in the comment section.

Teachers who have been my compass

I never appreciated you when I was in high school or college, and I should have done more to reflect your value in my life. I know for a fact that I was difficult to deal with, constantly looking for an argument to amuse myself. I demanded your time and attention and rarely said “thank you” when you gave it. Despite my flaws, you kept investing in me, you gave me insight and information, but most of all, you gave me direction. You were always there to point me in a direction that was fulfilling and life-altering. Mr. Vargas, Dr. Fiege, Ms. Alteriri, and Mr. Wiske, I am grateful for everything you did for me and I can only hope that my life reflects a little bit of the great people you are.

Counselors who helped me find myself

If I was difficult to deal with as a student, then I was a nightmare for my counselors and advisors: constantly changing my mind, altering my path, and distracted by “shiny objects” in life. My failure to focus is not the result of my counselors, but shows how grateful we all should be for those who try to help us through difficult times, even when we may not be receptive. Thank you for not giving up on me, for being strong when I could not, and comforting me when I needed a warm embrace.

Family who were there, every…single…time

My parents, my siblings, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, and a plethora of cousins, every one of them willing to pause their pursuits to support me in my endeavors. Some of my family members are no longer able to provide support, for others, the opportunities still exist. I am so grateful for your time, your thoughts, and your love. I succeeded in high school and college because of you, and I stumbled when I failed to take your advice to heart.

Friends who knew the value of a good time

I have been so blessed in this life to have great friends, so many that I can’t possibly name you all. At some point in my life, you enjoyed life alongside me. At times we had too much fun – at least that’s what the officer implied. I’m not confident he had any idea what he was missing. When it was time to buckle down and get to work, you were there to nudge me to the finish line. The joy in my life will always include you, and I am grateful that you shared seasons in my life. I only hope I am half as good of a friend as you were to me, thank you.


Who are you thankful for, and why? Writing this blog, I felt a little regret that I didn’t tell some of these people what they meant to me at the time. Have you expressed gratitude to those in your life who are investing in you?