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Students, faculty, staff and alumni tell us what they are most thankful for

Friday Nov 15, 2013


From family, to friends, and freedom, nearly 50 individuals from the IU Northwest campus community recently shared what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving season via IU Northwest’s Facebook page. We’ve re-published select responses below.

The Office of Marketing and Communications thanks you for sharing your thoughts with us, and for reminding IU Northwest of how very fortunate we all are for having such a supportive base of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Question posed to IU Northwest’s Facebook followers, “I am thankful for…”

  • Chancellor William Lowe: Being able to see our students each day and watch them make the campus their own
  • Jeri Pat Gabbert (Vice Chancellor of University Advancement and External Affairs): Being a part of the IU Northwest community.
  • Larissa Dragu (Student Government Association President): The life I've been given to love and serve people, and I thank God for my family and friends without whom I wouldn't be where I'm at today.  
  • Matt Lawson (SGA Vice President): My family and friends that I can count on no matter what the situation! 
  • Azaz Mehmood (SGA Secretary): My wonderful family and friends. #trulyblessed
  • Jaclyn O'Connell (SGA Treasurer): My beautiful family and my wonderful friends. I am also thankful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me here at IU Northwest, helping me achieve my ultimate goal of going to medical school.
  • Hasan Issa (SGA Senator): To be surrounded by such loving friends and family.
  • Jessica Palfi (SGA Senator): The support from my family and friends for the dreams I have, opportunities that have been presented to me through IUN to better myself and achieve my dreams and goals for life, and being able to make others smile each day and make a difference in their lives.
  • Kaitlin Salinas (SGA Senator): My dad serving our country in the Navy, along with all our veterans. I am also thankful for my education, and of course my family and friends. 
  • Steven Torres (SGA Senator): Having the opportunity to receive a higher education.
  • April VanMilligan (SGA Senator): The opportunities my family has continuously provided for me and the many opportunities my university has provided for me.
  • Krystyn H.: My family and being able to pursue my degree at IUN!
  • Nadeem A.: Having great diversity at IUN!
  • Terrence T.: IUN accepting me to the university and giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my academic abilities! I have been amazed at the assistance I have received from teachers and they are assisting me get one step closer to completing my bachelor’s program in CIS!
  • Kayla V.: Living in a place where I can go to such a great school and be educated. I’m also thankful for every teacher, friend and relative who helped me get to IUN.
  • Keshia K.: All the limitless possibilities IUN has to offer!
  • Brooke V.: To have the courage to be a first-generation college student!
  • Dale D.: Finding the group of friends I have now!
  • Jennifer T.: Everything. Without everything, I wouldn't have the good things I have now in my life.
  • Chris S.: To be at IUN for my freshman year and to get a quality education for my degree. I’m also thankful for the opportunities that are being offered, thankful to be in diversity leadership to help me graduate with my bachelor's degree, for meeting new people/making some new friends & t to be at this awesome university! I'm totally looking forward for another semester here! Thanks IUN!!!!!
  • Zachary M.: The intensity of the Biology department. Getting a BS in Biology has allowed me to succeed in graduate school and create unique research projects in Microbiology.
  • Maria P.: My family and my educators at IUN. They are my inspiration.
  • Javier F.: School
  • Jillian W.: Salvation
  • Melissa P.: Not having to pay a penny for school! So blessed.
  • Frankie W.: Being given another chance to make things right. One step closer to my dream.
  • Ashlee J.: The life God has given me! I wouldn't trade it for anything!
  • Lisa M.: My amazing family!
  • Courtney D.: My life, my family, my husband, and a chance to correct what I've messed up.
  • Darlene A.: God's abundance of love that he gives to everyone
  • Maria P.: My family, friends, educators that helped me become a productive citizen and a wiser human being.
  • Evelyn R.: The GREAT education I received at IUN & being the first in my family to graduate college!
  • David S.: Graduating December!
  • Lisa Renee' J.: To be one class away from graduation!! FINALLY SWEET SATISFACTION IS AT HAND.
  • Maria P.: Having good health and the motivation to continue my education. Grateful for having great educators and a diverse group of classmates. Being able to learn other cultures to open your mind to a more wonderful world.
  • Danny M.: Being able to go to school and get a degree.
  • Rebecca S.: The professors at IUN who helped me earn my degree. Without great teachers, I would not be who I am today.
  • Krystyn H.: My health, my family and friends, and the opportunity to brighten my future with a degree from IUN!
  • Suzana R.: The amazing friends I have now. Without IUN, we wouldn't have met.
  • Elisha O.: Having the opportunity to graduate from high school in Gary, Indiana and being able to attend a university that I am proud to say that I have attended for the last 3 years…Tiffin University in Ohio! Even though I HIGHLY support IUN! Future Master's from IUN!
  • Shelly O.: Knowing we found a good and safe environment college (Indiana University) for our daughter!
  • Jennifer T.: Everything in my life. Without each thing, I wouldn't have all the greatness in my life now.
  • Christina G.: Being here on Earth and to be able to see my boys live every day!
  • Yasmin S.: All of the support and strength my beautiful family has given me in this chapter of my life where I might not be able to be there as much as I'd like, because they understand the importance of my focus on my degree at the moment.
  • Charis Joy B.: Jesus, my family, and my friends. All in that order.
  • Maria P.: Life, for patience, perseverance, for the love and support of friends and family. But most grateful to God
  • Amanda R.: My boyfriend! My biggest supporter for my decision to go back to school and earn my degree!
  • Claudia M.: God, first and foremost, for He is the provider of all our blessings.
  • Karina C.: The many opportunities we have to succeed. From tutoring, study groups, job fairs, and internships. These are all great resources we have available at school and in general.

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