With Thanksgiving approaching, Seton Hall University students shared how they show appreciation for their loved ones throughout the month of November and during the holiday season.
Forgetting Sibling Rivalry
Sam Dispenza, a freshman finance major, said he shows his thanks by spending time with his friends and family.
“With my brother, for example, I always make sure to go and see a movie with him and spend a lot of time with him to show that I care,” Dispenza said.
Gina Brooks, a freshman in the PA program, said she shows her appreciation the whole year doing little good deeds for her brother. Brooks said she drives her brother and his friends around all the time and not because she has to, but because she wants to.
Casey Quinonez, a freshman undecided business major, said she will also show appreciation towards her siblings. She said that in November, she will do her sister's laundry when her sister is feeling overwhelmed.
Food and Family
Ashley Fitzgerald, a sophomore English major, said she often cooks food for her family and friends to show her thanks.
“If it’s family, I’ll help them out with things during the season, such as cooking for the Thanksgiving meal,” said Erich Sanders, a freshman philosophical theology major.
Andrew Cates, a graduate student in the museum professions program, said he shows his friends and family his appreciation by treating them to coffee.
“I like to take them out to Starbucks,” Cates said. “It’s the perfect time of year to sit outside with a warm drink and catch up.”
Keeping up with Traditions
Konner Bridge, a freshman sports business major, said that every year during Thanksgiving, he and his family go around the dinner table sharing the things that they are grateful for.
While eating their home-cooked, traditional Thanksgiving foods, Bridge said that they show their appreciation for one another by simply sitting around the table talking and laughing. He said that they “bond and appreciate each other’s company.”
A Call for Helping Hands
Isabelle Twombly, a freshman diplomacy major, said she calls her grandparents every weekend no matter what month it is and encourages others to do the same.
Jerry Ford, a freshman entrepreneurship major, said that he is very thankful for his grandparents, and he tells them often, not just during the Thanksgiving season, how happy he is to have them.
Twombly added that she helps around the house more during the Thanksgiving season. Although she loves to clean, Twombly said she doubles her efforts to show her thanks.
You’ve Got Mail!
Ford said that one way he may show appreciation for his loved ones is through his own written words.
“I give thanks to my family, friends, and people who do and show generous acts of kindness by telling them I appreciate them, and possibly writing them a letter,” Ford said.
Rissa Sanchez, a freshman occupational therapy major, said that sending postcards is the perfect way to show your appreciation.
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