Ask Western: What does Thanksgiving mean to you?
Sophomore Lianna Ford, psychology
Thanksgiving means to me getting to spend time with people and helping others. Every year for my Thanksgiving I volunteer at a church and I do a community meal, so I give back. During the whole year, I’m thinking about everything that I have and wind up helping people that don’t have other things like family, friends or meals on Thanksgiving. So, that’s what I’ve done and it’s really meaningful. I get to think about that on Thanksgiving.
Senior Chris Swanson, chemistry
It means getting together with family and seeing more of my new nephew, who is a tiny baby. It’s his first holiday. He’ll probably [eat] just formula. He might be onto solid foods. That’s why I’m excited to go home, I don’t know what’s going on down there.
Junior Zak Meyer, management information systems
I think Thanksgiving has always been a time when people come together. It’s always very special for me because it is when my aunt flies [here] from Arizona and when I get to see family. It also kicks off the holiday season, which has always been a big deal with my family. So most of all, it’s this special time where everyone comes together.
Junior Jenessa Ho, community health
To me, it just means gathering around with my family and thinking about reasons why I’m thankful. Celebrating that aspect of it before Christmas where we’re just giving and receiving, it’s the time to be thankful. I’m really thankful for my accomplishments at school, because I’ve been working hard but I haven’t been seeing the outcomes of it, until recently. I’m also really thankful for my family, of course.