By Roxy Schneider 

Graphic by Jennifer Notman

Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy. Those foods are the makings of a great Thanksgiving meal. 

With Thanksgiving a little under a month away, it’s time to start thinking about all the things you are grateful for. 

Thanksgiving this year is on Thursday, November 26. This holiday is typically a time to be with friends and family and be thankful for each other. For some, Thanksgiving may be different. With Covid still in full effect, some families may not be able to visit each other due to the inability to fly. 

A student survey concluded that 40.6% of students most thankful for family, 25% said friends, and 35% of students varied from all of the above with some students even saying xbox. 

Students also said that COVID has made it easier or harder for them to be thankful for things: 72.3% said it was easier while 27.7% said it was harder. Senior Emma Mendelssohn said, “I’m thankful for my donor, but also the perspective of life I have that helped me realize how important living for yourself and without regret is.” Mendelssohn then responded on how she was staying grateful this holiday season, she said, “I take a lot of videos on my phone to remember certain times better.” Sophomore Amber Van Duesen said, “I’m spending lots of time with my family and appreciating the time I spend with them.” 

Since Covid, students like Senior Portia Sasser mentioned, “I have been much more thankful for water polo and traveling since I used to take them for granted since it used to be a part of my everyday routine.” Having things taken from students such as the ability to travel and see friends and family frequently has given many students a more grateful perspective on things they may normally take for granted.