Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national holiday during which we give pause – at least for a brief moment – to count our blessings.
Wherever you are, that is a good exercise especially in this year, the year of the corona pandemic globally and in the U.S. the year of a tortuous and lengthy presidential election and a painful focus on racism. It may be harder this year. And more necessary than ever.
An attitude of gratitude is worth cultivating throughout the year. I firmly believe it provides benefits from an interpersonal, professional, and even an admissions perspective. Probably the biggest beneficiary of that positive slant on life is the person who holds it year round. This U.S. holiday just gives everyone a chance to focus for one day on this specific quality.
For me personally I feel blessed. Our children are doing well. My grandchildren are growing, and two were born in March! We enjoy the company of our local children and their families frequently, albeit socially distant. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to visit those who live far, and I miss them. Most importantly, all are healthy and happy. And that is a blessing for which my husband and I are deeply thankful.
As I have done annually for the last few years on Thanksgiving, I want to highlight one of my favorite posts: Admissions Tip: Thanksgiving Appreciation.
And with that, let me wish anyone reading this blog today a Happy Thanksgiving!By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted. Linda earned her bachelors and MBA at UCLA, and has been advising applicants since 1994 when she founded Accepted. Linda is the co-founder and first president of AIGAC. She has written or co-authored 13 e-books on the admissions process, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News, Poets & Quants, Bloomberg Businessweek, CBS News, and others. Linda is the host of Admissions Straight Talk, a podcast for graduate school applicants. Want an admissions expert help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!