By Staff Writer An Ho
Graphics by Lauryn White
November has holidays to give gratitude to others. Thanksgiving promotes being grateful for others and things apart of your life. In this month, an individual can think about on what they have in life and what should be thanked to show gratitude.
Students and staff reflect on what they are appreciative about. A common theme is being thankful for their family. “I’m immensely thankful for my family and for them taking care of me,” said senior Celia Montes. “I’m also thankful for how close I am with them.” Some students value family for what they have done to support them. Sophomore Mateo Abadesco mentions how much his mother has done for him. “My mom has been the only family member that has been there for me,” said Abadesco. “She’s been there for me when my father couldn’t be.”
Some think about the opportunities they have in life and how it makes them who they are today. Junior Cameron Hines is involved with the school basketball team and emphasizes how much it impacted him. “[Basketball] is a big part of my life. It helps motivate me, helps me be in shape, and is one of my favorite things about high school. The atmosphere at the games is always fun,” said Hines.
There are opportunities in life that are not available to anyone. People often take the simplest things for granted. “I take shelter for granted. Having a place to sleep at night, a roof over my head, and oftentimes when most people go to sleep, they don’t really think about that,” said Hines. Freshman Coco Lee Quach acknowledged how grateful she is going to school. “There [are] people around the world that don’t have the opportunity to sit in a class like I do or be able to get breakfast or lunch at school,” said Quach.
Something to think about is how far you have become as a person. Despite the obstacles in her life, world language teacher Joyce Cook is thankful for overcoming them and how they have shaped her character.“I don’t particularly enjoy [having struggles], but I think in the end you learn from it and it can make you a better person or you can help someone else through something similar,” said Cook. Quach can relate to the idea of how obstacles in life can make you stronger. “Not a lot of people have appreciation for themselves,” said Quach. “Throughout your lifetime you go through a lot of trial and tribulation and you overcome those things that you think you wouldn’t overcome.”
Being able to think about what you are thankful for and what you have is a great way to look at life. While not every month has a holiday or special occasion to thank others and opportunities, this time of the month is an opportunity to be thankful for your life. “Be thankful everyday. It changes your mindset,” said Cook.