Two years ago on approximately this day, I published the Admissions Blog’s one thousandth post. Like the November morning when #1000 appeared, today is the day before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. This post, however, is a rather uncelebratory number 1,394, a total that includes several odes to our national holiday.
Since last week, I have been using spare blocks of time to accomplish a little of the Thanksgiving prep. On Friday, I shopped for food. On Saturday, I made cranberry sauce. On Sunday, I mixed the topping for a pie. And so on, until I will bake as much as time allows today and then finish up tomorrow.
It seems that every year there are more and more Thanksgiving gatherings for students who are staying in town. Last year there was a Blakeley Hall meal, and other feasts that students hosted at their apartments. Thanksgiving is an especially nice time to reach out and include others who may not have a feast of their own. Our family meal will also include my daughter’s roommate and my cousin’s Nepali neighbors.
Working at Fletcher, there’s a lot to be thankful for. It’s an interesting place, loaded with inspiring people who are committed to a common goal of joining (or preparing) the next generation of international affairs professionals. Within the Admissions Office, I am fortunate to work with a collection of characters who regularly go beyond what is expected and support each others’ work. And they frequently make me laugh in the process. That counts for a lot! Not to mention all the amazing students who volunteer to help us in so many ways, from conducting interviews to writing blog posts to hosting admitted students. We couldn’t get it all done without them!
Whether you’re in the U.S., celebrating in a remote location, or looking forward to learning more about this American holiday as a Fletcher student next year, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
(Note that the Admissions Office will be closed from this afternoon through Sunday. We’ll be back on Monday.)