JSU Students Give Thanks


by Kaitlin Fleming

What a year 2016 has been. With all the distractions brought on by the presidential election, it is easy for us to lose sense of what we are thankful for. 

Before packing their bags and heading home for fall break, a few JSU students shared what they are most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Freshman Blake Brown, a social work major, said: “I’m thankful for home and thankful that this semester is almost over. I’m just thankful to be here and thankful for JSU’s small town feel. I’m also thankful that my term paper is due in 16-point font instead of 12-point.”

Patrick Yim, president of Students For Equality, said: “I am thankful I have friends and family who care about me and stick by me no matter what. So many are not afforded this opportunity. Many students are kicked out of their homes and sent to the streets with nowhere to go. I am lucky that I have my friends, family and those people who would do anything they could to help.”

Freshman Kristain Wilmore, an undecided major, said: “I am thankful for family and friends. I am thankful for a good school that will give me a good education.”

Freshman Nolan Pentecost, also an undecided major, said: “I am thankful for the days that highway 204 doesn’t have construction. But on a serious note, I am thankful for family.”

Senior James Germany, an art major, said: “I am thankful for my paid internship at Walt Disney World. I am thankful for family and I am thankful to be graduating this semester. I am very thankful for my painting professor, “Mrs. Mac,” Allison Benefield.”

Heather Carter, an integrated studies major, said: “I am thankful for our health care system for helping my uncle. I am thankful for graduating and being able to go back overseas and teach. I am also thankful for beautiful days. I am very thankful for my kid sister Sarah Carter. She’s helping me pay my bills and more importantly she has given me emotional support.”

Freshman Brett Staggs, a business major, said: “I am thankful for Jesus…I am thankful for my roommates. I am thankful that JSU faculty actually care about their students.”

Personally, I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to write professionally. I am thankful for the help I have received along the way this year. I am thankful for my scholarship opportunities and I am thankful that Jacksonville State University is where I belong.

Kaitlin Fleming is completing her first semester at JSU after receiving her associate’s degree from Gadsden State Community College. She is majoring in communications.