CC Corner: Thankful for the During & the Downbeats

In this month’s letter from your editors, Diana and Shelby have much to reflect on and be thankful for. As college seniors, there’s always plenty going on. But in the midst of all the papers to finish, presentations to prepare for and applications to fill out, they wanted to take a moment to think about what some of the best parts of this year have been. 

And if you want to listen to their podcast episode about this, you can check it out here

Shelby: There are many and much to be thankful for, this year and always. I usually spend Thanksgiving in Chicago, while my family is far away in South Dakota and my friends head to their own homes for the weekend. It always provides plenty of time for reflection, reminiscing and really awesome belting sessions while no one is around to hear me shout along to Big Time Rush. These moments of alone-time are a rarity compared to the usual breakneck pace it feels like my life is moving at. 

Like usual, I feel as though I’m constantly sprinting 100 miles an hour. But in the midst of the (wonderful, amazing, addictive) chaos, I am surrounded by support. Whenever I take a moment to breathe or look around, I see my friends. It’s an outpouring of love; ready to listen to me cry about my day, feed me a meal when they know I haven’t eaten, or encouraging me to keep pushing forward. I am thankful for a precious global network that’s here for the good, the questionable and the unknown. 

During the downbeats, I see a chosen family. In every other moment, I feel their love. 

Diana: It’s strange to look back at the beginning of the year and see how far I’ve progressed, not only in academics but personally as well. I’m thankful for countless things, my family and friends, their health and wellness, my health, my opportunity at life etc. I’ve been reflecting on time in specific this year, as I notice it seems to be going quicker and quicker with age.

​I’m thankful for being present in the moment and appreciating every hour of everyday. That was a goal I set for myself at the beginning of the semester, and I’m so happy to have stuck to it. Some of my most favorite moments of the year have been times when nothing particularly exciting was happening. I’m thankful for all of the wonderful people I have in my life, who love and support me no matter what happens. 

As always, we also need to thank our members at HCLUC for all that they give to our team. They make our jobs fulfilling and constantly inspire us to be stronger leaders, content creators and women. And there’s room on the roster, if you’d like to come be a part of what we do here. Just email [email protected] for more information. 

Finally, to you, our dear readers: thank you. All of what we do is to build something worthy of looking at and we’re beyond grateful that you’re here, looking. We hope you have a fantastic and joy-filled holiday season! 

 

HCXO 

Shelby and Diana