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Onward State Gives Thanks

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the staff at Onward State would like to share their answers to “What are you thankful for?”

Alex Federman: Being home with family and having a chance to relax. Having another semester before I graduate.

Alex Robinson: I go to the best University in the world, I get to be a part of the largest student run philanthropy in the world with the best Morale group ever, and I get to watch the best football team in the history of the school. What more can I ask for?

Alicia Thomas: Irving’s bagels, my Morale committee, the fantastic people I’ve had the opportunity to meet through OS, and the fuzzy socks I just bought because I’ve never been so warm and cozy.

Amanda McLaughlin: I’m thankful that I get to spend four years at an incredible university, being able to participate in THON, my family & friends, and being a part of OS.

Bailey Siegel: I’m thankful for the chance to be involved with THON and my amazing committee this year. Also that my boyfriend and a lot of my good friends go to the University of Maryland, which joined the Big Ten and I can watch Penn State kick their ass in football now.

Bobby Chen: I’m thankful for my Penn State family – wherever they are, in whatever context, I can always expect a warm welcome and a genuine feeling of belonging. This is the “We Are Penn State” feeling that I’ve loved and always will love about this university, something so uniquely Penn State that manages to traverse the classrooms to the research labs to the athletic fields to the workplaces to the world that we all strive to make our positive impacts on. I’m thankful that I chose this place to be my home for my college years, to be where my heart is for the rest of my life.

Catie Simpson: Not having to awkwardly avoid JoePa/Sandusky conversations at Thanksgiving dinner this year. The fact that I joined Onward State so I now know a group of people as weird as I am.

Dan McCool: I’m thankful for my Penn State education and the friends it’s given me, but I’m glad to be home and sleep in a bed that’s actually a bed. I’m thankful for Thanksgiving football and wicked good food. And beer. Don’t forget the beer.

Dave Cole: I’m thankful for being able to enjoy every minute of an awesome Penn State university community that maintains a world-class education and atmosphere.

Doug Dooling: I’m grateful for Counseling and Psychological Services and the hashtag #oneteam. I don’t know why, but it’s catchy.

Drew Balis: Being home with family for a week. Wings Over Happy Valley. The great friends I have made through Penn State student media over the past year. The opportunity to talk to Stephon Morris after football games, who is hilarious.

Ellie Skrzat: The arts at Penn State, and the tremendous potential of Movin’ On 2013.

Eric Greene: I’m thankful that I go to Penn State, one of the greatest schools in the nation. I’m thankful that I live in a place where I can express my opinion and do so many unique and awesome things. I’m thankful for our men and women in uniform for making that freedom possible. I’m thankful for those that have given their lives to defend the freedom of people they never met.

Evan Ponter: Legal marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

Katie Blitz: I’m thankful that Penn State accepted more students than in years past because I got to attend the school of my dreams, and meet a lot of wonderful people and be a part of Onward State. I’m also thankful I can be home with my family and friends and that everyone I know is generally safe after the hurricane. Also the fact that my grandma makes the best mashed potatoes ever for the holidays and not having to eat dorm food.

Kevin Horne: I’m thankful for Mark Emmert for helping save Penn State’s culture. Also CCSG. Remember, we’re not a system or “main and branches,” we’re all equal!

Kyle Lucas: I’m thankful to be attending a world renowned university, the chance to play under Coach Paterno for two years and a spring under O’Brien, and the experiences and lessons I’ve learned here. And also the possibility of Gambino coming to Movin’ On.

Lauren Feinstein: I’m thankful for my parents that take care of me when I’m sick (which happens every thanksgiving break). Dr. Stu with meds and mom with matzoh ball soup. Also, that I will be soon hanging a Penn State diploma on my wall.

Maddy Pryor: I’m thankful for the events and people here in Jersey that led me to Penn State, and for what this school has given me: opportunities. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a ton of organizations like Nittany Nation, OS, Relay For Life, Homecoming, and so on and they have each led me to so many amazing opportunities that I never would’ve gotten anywhere else.

Mara Kern: I am thankful for being able to go to the best University in the country. I am also thankful to be able to interact with the most inspiring THON families on a regular basis. I am thankful for every person who makes Penn State what it is not matter what happens. Most of all I am thankful for Kevin Horne.

Matt Westlake: Not going to Altoona, la ENT familia, Highland Orchards, not having to work at the Creamery, Philadelphia Premium Outlets, my dog and of course Michael Mauti and everything he has done this year as a leader and voice of the Penn State program.

Meghin Moore: I’m thankful that my Thanksgiving break is longer than my brother’s, but that we both get to spend time with our family and friends, being home with my puppies, Robbie Gould and his fantastic kicking foot, and that my boyfriend is safe in Korea.

Nate “Ni” Lyon: I’m thankful that Penn State has been such an incredible journey over the last few years; I can’t even begin to fathom how less-awesome my life would probably be right now if I didn’t end up going here. This was one of six schools I applied to, and I did so on a whim. It was one of three I was accepted to, and was at the bottom of my list until the last week before I made my decision. Call it fate, or God, or the flying spaghetti monster, or Joe Paterno screaming “Come to Penn State!”, but I’m thankful for what a ride this has been. Also, I’m thankful I’ve still got breathable oxygen and potable water.

Ryan Kristobak: I am thankful for steadfast friends, family, and a great education. I am also thankful for bears, Swamp People, motorcycles, denim, whiskey, Abraham Lincoln, mullets, monkeys that acquire human intelligence, water parks, and this video.

Steve Osborn: I’m thankful for a chance to finally catch up with my brother and sister and not getting pulled over on the drive home (my car inspection was due a year ago).

Zach Berger: I’m thankful for being able to go to the greatest college in the world, being able to spend the holiday with my family, whoever came up with the idea that you can deepfry a turkey (which I will most certainly be doing on Thursday), sausage stuffing, Onward State (for the experience, the friends, and the memories), and music, because I’m pretty sure life would be shit without music.

Most of all, we’re thankful for you, readers, for helping Onward State become what it is today.

What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving day?

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