As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve been reflecting on this past year and the hardships and angst felt by everyone. Loss of jobs, isolation, bitter political debates, and constant worry about our family and friends’ health and welfare is enough to push anyone to the edge.
This year, however, has also made me highly aware of what I have to be thankful for, and it’s really the simple things of life. Breaking bread with my friends, a Monday morning conversation with my teammates about the recent Mountaineer game, a summer cookout with my family, in-person meetings, an impromptu happy hour with my neighbors on my front porch. I could go on and on, and I’m sure you’re missing many of the same.
At the WVU Alumni Association, we sincerely aim to bring a sense of family to all Mountaineers. Never has that aim been more imperative than in this year. As the holiday season begins, please take a moment to be thankful for the people who matter most in your life. Whether they be friends, family, or Mountaineer (or all three!), what is truly inspiring is the way so many have rallied together throughout this crisis.
I’d like to personally thank each of our donors, members, volunteers, alumni, and friends who do so much to make the Mountaineer family a real family. Without your support, our organization wouldn’t be able to keep so many Mountaineers connected to one another, or help current students achieve success at West Virginia University. I’m thankful for you.
May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with blessings and gratitude. I wish you a happy and safe holiday and hope to see you in-person in 2021!