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Reasons I am Thankful This Year

Posted on 11/22/2018 11:31:29 AM by Alissa Lovera Svistunov

I grew up with the notion of Thanksgiving because I saw it in movies and series. Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Venezuela; although I do have to say that some people started celebrating it, I believe thanks to the influence of North American culture in media and globalization. 

This is my first Thanksgiving in the United States and I intend to give plenty of thanks on this day. 

Because of the fact that I am studying at Cabrini, I’m in the US. I am getting an amazing opportunity in life to get a good education, get to know a culture different from mine, and explore its identity, values and traditions. I love it here. Growing up I never imagined I would be able to go to college in this country, I did not see it as a possibility from my reality, but today I am here, and I couldn’t be more thankful. 

I think that being thankful is important because it means acknowledging the good in our lives, which is sometimes hard to do when we’re caught up in our day-to-day struggles. Every person goes through difficulties in life, yes, some more, some less, but we all have our share of rough times. We also all have our share of blessings. To have a day that involves coming together with the ones you love, family and friends to share that love (which also comes in the form of food), and give thanks for all the good things in our lives, is very necessary in the world we’re living in. The good in our lives is a motivation to keep us going, and we need to recognize it in order to act upon it. 

Today I am thankful for the fact that I am studying at Cabrini. I’m only a freshman and this experience is already opening so many doors for me, it’s giving me the opportunity to excel in life, learn so much about so many things, and be part of a community. I am thankful to be in the United States. I am constantly inspired by being here and I can’t wait to do all of the things that I am meant to. I am thankful for this blogging job which allows me to actively explore my own experience at Cabrini and share it with you all.