Season of Thanks

Season of Thanks

Nov 6
Sara Tondini, Animal Sciences graduate student

Some of you may have stopped drinking the pumpkin spice lattes by now or even started playing Christmas music, but we still have one of my favorite seasons to celebrate before the garland gets hung. This season is all about giving thanks. I have many things to be thankful for so I’m just going to highlight a few. In ACES style, of course.

  1. Food – Animal Sciences Laboratory is a special, wonderful place where food magically appears sometimes and by “magically appears” I mean a generous person takes their time and money to brighten other people’s day by bringing popcorn or donuts or coffee to the office, and I’m so thankful for that. I enjoy the kindness of others to do something that seems small but could really change a person’s mood. Have you ever seen a sad person eating a donut?
  2. Coworkers – In grad school, your coworkers are also your classmates, your mentors, and your friends. Whether you need help weighing cattle, an extra set of hands for a lab procedure, or some comedic relief after a stressful day, we all have each other’s backs. We confide in each other and depend on each other through the ups and downs, and I’m extremely thankful for my crew. I would not have survived the year thus far without them.
  3. Knowledge – We take this for granted big time. I zone out in class when I’m tired or rush through homework assignments and don’t really think twice about it, but I’m so thankful for the chance to learn new things every day. Each day I come home with an interesting idea or cool new fact that I want to share with my family and friends. I gain new perspectives, challenge old ideas and expand my knowledge daily.

I’m thankful for the College of ACES and in particular my animal sciences community for all it has to offer. Take time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for and pay it forward this season.

Sara and friends in grad office