Gratitude Gala Series: Rachael

"Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life.”

It is about that time of the year to take a moment to remember what you are thankful for. This year has been a year of growth and learning for me. It was not too long ago that I began my nursing school adventure. Without the love of my friends and family, I would not have been able to push through my rigorous coursework. Despite school being difficult at times, I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given because I am able to follow my dreams to one day be a successful nurse practitioner.

To my family:

Mom-

Thank you for always making an effort to cook delicious meals when I come home. Thank you for cracking jokes with me and always being lighthearted. You are not only my mom, but also my best friend. Thank you for making so many sacrifices for me and making it possible for me to achieve my goals in life.

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Dad-

Thank you for having a goofy corny sense of humor. I love how silly you can be without even trying. I miss having your grilled hamburgers in the summer and still haven’t found a place that makes them as good as you do.

My Siblings-

Thank you for always being there for me no matter the circumstances. I love thinking back to all the random funny moments we’ve all had together. I appreciate all each one your unique and funny personalities.

To my friends:

Thank you for being another wonderful support system for me. Through our tears, laughers, and hugs we have made so many memories together. I love our inside jokes and our nicknames for one another. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for us!

Finally, I am beyond grateful to attend college and be in a top nursing program. As a first-generation college student, college was completely new to me and seemed like a far reach when I was eighteen years old. I could not be happier that I ended up getting accepted to my dream nursing program. Along with that, I would like to thank my professors and preceptors that have allowed me to learn new skills and communication methods that will only benefit me when I do become a nurse. I can't wait for the day that I am able to give back to all the people that have helped me through this journey. 

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