Fall leaves scattered everywhere, cold snaps that feel like winter, even some snowflakes the past few days… I can’t help but think about the holidays quickly approaching – especially Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is typically just rushed through, or just viewed as the ‘food’ day before Black Friday. But, as cheesy as it may sound, it is more than that. It is a time to reminisce back on who you are truly thankful for in life – while eating good food of course. Here is my senior year, as I am coming up to an end of a chapter in my life, I would like to express my gratitude to those who have helped me through it.


Starting off with my mother, she has made the greatest impact on my life these past 12 years. Whether it be from motivating me to do my absolute best in school even when I don’t feel like it, or simply telling me I’m doing well at something, she has always been there for me. I would like to give her all the thanks in the world for having such an impact on making me the person I am today. 


Next, I would like to thank my sister Naudia. I couldn’t have asked for a better big sister. Even though we get on each other nerves from time to time, she is truly my best friend. She’s always been there to make me laugh, and be brutally honest with me even if it’s not what I want to hear. I would like to thank her for preparing me for everything high school was, and telling me ahead of time to enjoy it because it would go fast — and it did.

Growing up, my family and I had to move around, and we moved around a lot. Although some may view it as a major inconvenience, and even possibly damaging, I am thankful to have had the childhood that I did. It has made me much stronger than I would’ve been otherwise and has led both my sister and me to recognize what we would want to achieve in our lives.  I asked my sister about her thoughts on our childhood – “The reason I chose to major in social work to become a registered social worker is that I want to make the impact in people’s lives that I wasn’t able to get…When I was growing up and I would go to therapy for my mental health issues, my therapist made no impact on helping me. I want to be more helpful than that, and help people the way that I wish I was helped.”

My childhood helped me discover my desire to enter the business field (and minor in Journalism). I grew to recognize that I have the ability to quickly react and attend to unexpected situations, which should be key parts of my future success. I am grateful to have had the experiences that I had to lead me to get an idea as to what I aspire to do in life.

Here in this season of gratitude, I urge you to reflect back on who and what you are thankful for. It may be a parent, coach,  even a bus driver.  Tell them why you are grateful for them, it can make more of an impact than you know. 

11 Replies to “Niomi’s Notes: Lets Get Thankful”

  1. Sometimes we as people forget to be thankful for the little things. We let our minor conflicts and arguments get in the way of being thankful for what we do have. I love the points you make and the people you make sure to thank. thank you for your perspective.

  2. This is a very well written article. I definitely agree that we should take a moment to remember what we need to be thankful for, especially after all that has happened this year.

  3. I am so amazed at how much of an impact family can have on life choices. I didn’t realize it could reflect on possible work choices. Congradulations on choosing what you want to do and on becoming a senior. Best of luck!

  4. I agree. I feel like we forget to appreciate our lives or the people in our lives and we just like to complain.

  5. I love how personal this is. The intimate writing allows the reader to really gain a perspective on the writer’s life.

  6. I thought it was really nice that you showed your appreciation for your family by writing an article about them and some memories you share.

  7. This was a very heart-felt and amazing article overall. I completely agree with the fact that most people only consider it to be a holiday about food, even though it’s called “Thanksgiving” and not “Foodgiving”. I enjoyed this article very much.

  8. I love this because this is the best way to show other people how thankful you are for the people you love and for good or for bad. Everyone has a type of childhood that’s good or bad, but the one’s that care for you and that you care for is more important.

  9. I really enjoyed reading your article. I don’t think many people get to take the time out of their lives and reflect on all the good things happening. I feel that you got to reflect and you are very thankful for the people you have in your life.

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