What Are Colby-Sawyer Students Grateful For?

Thanksgiving is the time of year to reflect on what you are grateful for. With midterms underway and stress around campus at a high, it is important to highlight what grounds us and what we are thankful for in our lives. This month, I asked the question “What are you grateful for?” to several students across campus.

Mackenzie Lebron ’26 is thankful for animals. “They help relieve stress and strongly reduce my anxiety,” Lebron said. Her connection to animals is even significant in her journey here at Colby-Sawyer. Lebron is a biology major on a pre-vet track, incorporating her love of animals in her future career.

Brian Cal-Mallo ’25 is thankful for his residents. As a resident assistant on the second floor of Lawson Hall, Brian has created many special connections with his residents. “We’ve made so many fun memories already,” Cal-Mallo said.

Some students, like Annika Kallgreen ’26, are thankful for simpler things. Kallgreen is thankful for her cat. “He is fluffy and has pointy ears,” she said. Her cat's ears are a distinct feature about him and petting him calms her down. “He relieves some of my stress,” she added.

Whether you are thankful for a pet or you are not quite sure what you are thankful for yet, take the time to reflect on what you are thankful for this season. During exhausting and stressful times, it is important to take a step back and reflect on what drives you. Focusing on what you are grateful for is a wonderful way to stay motivated and find joy.