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What Her Campus Iowa Is Thankful For

With Thanksgiving so close, Her Campus Iowa members have been busy reflecting on what they are most thankful for this year. Keep reading to find out what matters most to us, from the silly to the serious and everywhere in between. These cold, dreary November days can leave you feeling a bit blah, so we hope this article puts a big smile on your face and reminds you of all there is to be thankful for!

Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

“I am so thankful for my family for believing in me all the time, thankful I am able to take bubble baths and listen to music and thankful for all the bad times in my life because they make me enjoy the good moments 100 times more!”

-Siera Kaltenbach

“I am thankful for yoga! The practice allows me to de-stress and feel connected with my mind, body and spirit.”

-Alyssa Pozen

“I am endlessly thankful for my family and friends and Harry Styles, who keep me going when I behave like a literal piece of poop. I am also thankful for music and the ability to make playlists and for all the wonderful people who listen to the ones I create! My life is filled with such joy right now, and it’s really all due to the amazing people in it, very much including my Her Campus fam!”

-Paige Netzel

“I’m thankful for my family for being supportive of me and my niece and nephew for always making me melt with happiness… also, I’m thankful for all the fuckboys that broke my heart, so I always have funny stories to tell.”

-Amy Luong

“I am thankful for having a life where I have all of these amazing opportunities, including Her Campus, Delta Gamma and my job. Sometimes I complain about having to do my responsibilities, but I am so thankful for being in a position that allows me to be so involved.”

-Liz Warner

“I’m thankful for my family, sorority sisters and friends for always being supportive regardless of distance. I’m also thankful for people who have given me opportunities to use and improve my photography passion. Because of them, I have been able to grow my photography social media presence, associate myself with more student organizations and Greek life and get photos reposted by a sorority’s national headquarters page! Lastly, super thankful for holiday candles, especially ones from bath and body works because they make my room smell like a bakery.”

-Christina Hui

“I’m super thankful for my friends and family — it’s been a long semester, and they’ve been there by my side to always cheer me up when I’m down!”

-Rachel Green

“I’m thankful for my family for shaping me into the person I am today. I’m also very thankful to be a part of the RA family because I’ve met so many new and different people who have turned into some great friends!”

-Ridhima Jagtap

“I’m thankful for my family and friends and the opportunity to pursue an education and follow my passions in everything I do!”

-Shannon Nolan

“I’m thankful for the Iowa City community and all it has to offer. Not only is our campus beautiful, but it is surrounded by so much opportunity!”

-Hannah Zepeda

“I am most thankful for my AMAZING family. They are my best friends… my rock. I love them very much! I am also super thankful for the Hallmark Channel and Ryan Gosling because… duh.”

-Emily Creery

“I am thankful for my family and friends as well as all of the opportunities I have! I am also thankful for all those who work to make the world a better place for everyone.”

-Sarah Nelson

“I’m thankful for the professors I’ve had who go above and beyond! They mentor me, write letters of recommendation, ask me how my other classes are going and genuinely care and know about my mental health situation so make sure to check in from time to time to see how I’m doing.”

-Elizabeth Chesak

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

P.S. Be sure to let any people you’re grateful for know how much you appreciate them! Little comments like that mean the world, trust me.


Photos: cover, all other pictures provided by members

Elizabeth Chesak is a junior at the University of Iowa. She is triple-majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies to prepare for her hybrid dream job of picture book author/National Geographic photojournalist/activist. When not in class, studying, or sleeping, she can usually be found befriending the neighborhood cats.
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