Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not just because of the food, but the togetherness that comes with it. It’s not like Christmas. Granted the theme of Christmas is giving, but you expect to receive more than you expect to give; it’s all consumerism year after year, tried and true. You know what you’re getting into.
Honestly, when one thinks of the fall season, you have to think Thanksgiving because something about the colors changing, the leaves falling, and the weather chilling makes you recollect all of the good things that have happened to you or maybe even how you affected someone else. And when the cold ice of winter finds me, it’s being thankful for the blessings I have that get me through.
Below are the top 5 things that I am thankful for here at Towson University.
- Job Opportunities: Yeah, shameless plug, but I am thankful for this job with Student Activities. I always wanted to try and score a college-based job; it just seemed like part of the experience. I’ve learned a lot from writing and photographing for the university. And running my own video series has been an eye-opening experience that I won’t soon forget. I’m grateful for my time here. I also had the opportunity to work the “BIG Event” with ESPN at the start of the semester with a very good friend of mine. It was the first paid “freelance” opportunity I’ve ever gotten even remotely in my field!
- Applying for graduation is a load off my back and it’s amazing to think that I’m at the homestretch of my time here. It’s been a memorable two years.
- Getting a new Apprentice in Lamda Kappa Tau has been a blessing, and I hope he feels the same way. I call both of my Littles my Apprentices because it’s different and I like to think that our friendship is a key ingredient as they learn their trade, whether they are a film major or not. And interestingly enough, I feel more like I serve them than the term implies, and I think that’s how it should be.
- Gaining more photography experience has been amazing inside of my job, and outside experimenting on my own. Over the summer, I followed a few friends on Instagram that had graduated and I simply mused over the thought that learning more about camera would be fun. But I didn’t know when that would happen. The semester began and two friends both offered me their cameras for the semester to have as much fun as I could. Couldn’t ask for better friends.
- And, lastly, I am thankful for completing my screenplay. As I write this, I am closing in on the first draft of my screenplay for EMF 405. I took the prerequisite on developing my screenplay this past spring, and it’s been a harrowing year for me story-wise. I’ve both loved and hated the process of creating a story for the screen; there have been days where it seemed hopeless. But I stuck with it and now I see light at the end of the tunnel. My professors have been a godsend this semester and great teachers on the craft of writing. It will be very satisfying to say that, “I finished my first feature-length script.”
Of course I am thankful for good health, for freedom as an American, and those other more traditional things. I’m thankful for my family back home who has celebrated numerous birthdays with and without me, including my dad, mom, grandmother, and brother, and for those I was able to visit with it was good times! But this semester was the toughest semester I will ever have here, and I wanted to be able to read back about the things that went well, and those that were a blessing to me this semester.
Count your blessings this holiday season, be a blessing to someone else, and inspire thanks in those around you this year.
Happy Thanksgiving, Towson Tigers!
Written by Josiah D. Bradley