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Otterbein students thankful for family, friends, faith

Otterbein students thankful for family, friends, faith

Every year as the days get shorter, the temperatures start to drop and the race towards the end of the semester begins, it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important. As the holidays loom on the horizon, we asked ten Otterbein students what they’re thankful for this year. Answers ranged anywhere from their family to their professors. Here’s how they answered the question, “What are you thankful for this year?”


Having my family around is truly a blessing, especially now. Last spring my dad passed away so this year it’s even more important because you never really know when the last time you might get to see them will be. My friends back home have also been amazing during this time. No matter how long I’ve been gone, we just pick up right back where we left off.

Jake Harper ’19
Double major: Marketing; Business Administration
Dresden, OH


My mom is an amazing person and I’m so thankful for all she’s done for me. She raised me as a single mom and she put in a tremendous amount of work to get me to where I am today. She sacrificed so much for me every day and yet still found time to be at all my activities, even after working all day.

Kaelyn Nelson ’19
Millersburg, OH


I’m a Christian and I’m thankful that I found a community here at Otterbein that also believes in the spirit of the Lord. They believe in me as a person and a person of faith and we can share in all of this together.

John Michael Wright ’19
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Westerville, OH


My sisters in my sorority Tau Delta are always there for me no matter what, and have been these past four years. Without them I wouldn’t have found my true passions. They always encouraged me to try this class or to check out this student organization or event. I’m thankful they helped me branch out and explore.

Ally Hurd ’16
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hiram, OH


I’m thankful for my education and Otterbein’s student to professor ratio. It’s very helpful when you need to ask a question or visit them after class, that they won’t just blow you off. They will take the time to help you, both on an academic and personable level.

Cassidy Stover ’19
Carey, OH


I’m thankful for my music. It’s something that I will always have with me. It helps me to focus. Whenever I’m feeling too stressed out or down, I can change my mood and start to feel better. It really helps me on a daily basis.

Shane Barovsky ’17
Music Performance
Worthington, OH


I want to work in the media. In my field, I’m thankful for the professors who are the toughest on me because they help you find mistakes in your work now and show you how to learn from them. It’s great to see them this early. You really start to become a professional before you ever enter the workforce.

Will Day ’19
Journalism and Media Communication
St. Petersburg, FL


This past summer I went through some rough mental health times and my friends were there every step of the way. One of my friends always made sure I didn’t stay shut away from the outside world. They always pushed me to break out of my routine and go out and do things with them.

Emma Van Hasselt ’17
Double major: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Columbia, MD


This year I’m thankful for my teammates on the track and field team. They’ve supported me in some very difficult times after my aunt passed away recently. If I was having a bad day they just let me have one. Basically, they let me be me. A team is a support system. I never felt alone.

Zach Dunlap ’16
Allied Health
Antwerp, OH


This is my first year in the MBA program and I’m so thankful I was accepted. There is a wonderful connection between the students and our professors. All the Graduate School administrators are there to help and get you to where you want to go. Ultimately, I want to own my own business and everyone around the program is serving as an inspiration to me and continuously motivating to keep me going.

Erin Crist MBA’17
Youngstown, OH