Otterbein Students Share what They’re Thankful for in a Very Different Year

Posted Nov 20, 2020

By Madelyn Nelson ‘23 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and new health and safety protocols for academics and student life, Otterbein students remain positive and appreciative for many things in their life. Here are five Cardinals telling us what they are thankful for this holiday season. 

Duncan Squillante 21

“I am thankful for my family and friends, as always! Though separated by distance this year, I know they will always be there for me no matter what.” 
Duncan Squillante ’21 
Public Relations and Health Communication double major 
Gahanna, OH 

Jaidyn Kuiken 23

“I am thankful for the opportunity to have the relationships that I do with those around me. From my friends back at home in Michigan, my sisters here in my sorority, and my teammates at Otterbein, I am constantly surrounded by love and support anywhere I go.” 
Jaidyn Kuiken ’23 
Nursing major 
Grand Rapids, MI 

Ryan Mitchell  22

“I’m thankful for the community that Otterbein has provided me. It’s a community that is filled with professors, classmates, friends and teammates that care about one another and push you to be a better person.” 
Ryan Mitchell ’22 
Marketing major 
New Albany, OH 

Tiffany Le ’21

“I am thankful for everyone during this pandemic who has been so caring and supportive of my educational journey and my mental well-being. I could not have made it this far without them.” 
Tiffany Le ’21 
Public Relations and Communication Studies double major 
Westerville, OH 

Karlie Lahna ’24

“I’m thankful for good health, friends who make me a better person, a supportive and loving family, and the kindness in the world.” 
Karlie Lahna ’24 
Nursing major 
Coshocton, OH