What Is Binghamton University Thankful For This Year?

Posted by Rahilou Diallo; photos by Kelvin Gutierrez on November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things that mean the most to us, and the Binghamton University population is thankful for a whole lot! We took a stroll around campus to ask students, faculty and staff members to share what they're most appreciative of this year. Some of their responses will surprise you!

Serina DeHart

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"I’m thankful for having such an incredible and large family. We have wonderful adventures together. We take a lot of cross-country road trips out west to the Rocky Mountains, Sedona, Arizona and Utah. One time on our way back, we took the unconventional route so we could hit as many national parks as we wanted to." 

Chris Reyes

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"I’m thankful for brotherhood. Before coming to college I was acquainted with two of my friends from high school. When we come to college, we formed a greater bond. We learn from each other and push each other to our limits."

Aminata Jaiteh

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"I think one of the biggest things that happens throughout your life is that you reach a point where you don’t necessarily know who you are or where you belong. I’m thankful for friends and my family, because of the support they've given to me in terms of self-love."

Zachariah Liebmann

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"I’m thankful to be able to work in a profession such as mine. Being a photographer and being successful at it is amazing, because it’s actually a hard field to be successful in and get work in. Luckily, through all the work that I put in, and all the drive that I’ve got, I’m finally seeing success, and I’m very thankful for it."

Nana K. Mprah

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"I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have to be able to pursue an education, because not everyone has that opportunity. I hope to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. I’m on track to do something greater, to not only make myself proud but my family proud."

Sarriyah Hanif

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"I’m very thankful that my parents work hard to send me to this school. My parents are both immigrants from Guyana, and neither of them have a college degree, but they work tirelessly to make sure that I can go here without any financial stress." 

Ari Schild

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"I’m thankful for my health, and my ability to go about taking care of the things I need to take care of. Everything that I enjoy stems from my ability to do and try new things and to create, come up with new ideas. You can’t do any of that unless you’re healthy, energetic and ready to go."

Vanessa Young

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“I'm thankful for life. Many years ago, I was diagnosed with a lung illness and was given six months to live. It’s decades later and I was miraculously healed by God. I’ve come to appreciate life more. I take every day as a blessing."

Jermel McClure

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“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be at a university away from my hometown and to interact with people that I may have never interacted with outside of being at a college." 

Joellen Kuhlman

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"I’m thankful for my daughter, my family, and for having this amazing job that I have and actually getting to work with students. Working with students makes me a better person; they make me appreciate life."

Maria Abraham

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"I’m thankful for the fact that I have a job. I can smile at people and be nice and really get to see the variety of people that come in."

Ryan Madigan

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"I’m thankful that I’m here in the first place; I worked pretty hard to get here. I transferred from a community college, and so a lot of the work that I did was pretty expensive. Binghamton was the best school for me and what I wanted to do."

Tanairy Cabo

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"I am thankful for the fact that no matter how I feel or what’s going on, I can still find happiness within myself and move forward with my day and be able to give myself to others." 

Adin Fuchs

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"I’m super thankful for my family over everything else in the world; they are the most supportive people. After graduating, I want to join the Israeli Defense Forces. My parents have been behind me through the process, which is super cool."

Umu Jalloh

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“I’m thankful for my culture -- for being African, being Fulani and being born in Africa. It has given me a sense of roots. I don’t feel lost in the world; I can always have something to associate myself with.”

John Cundy

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"I’m thankful for my health, my wellness and the recent opportunities that I have for career advancement. At Binghamton, I’ve met some amazing people -- both students and employees -- and I got to experience great culture and diversity on this campus, and I think that is something we should appreciate."

Daniella Zandi

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"I’m thankful to still get sun in November and to not have to break out my snow boots yet!"

* Full disclosure: We did these interviews a week before Thanksgiving. Get out those boots, Daniella! 

Rahilou Diallo is a senior majoring in human development and minoring in education at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs. In her spare time, she works on her personal blog, "The Toilet," and serves as an MC for multicultural events on campus. After college, she hopes to work in media and communications, and expand her blog.

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