What is Binghamton University Thankful For?

Posted by Laura Guerrero-Almeida on November 22, 2019

Whether it’s final projects or exams, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment at this time of year and forget to give thanks for what we have or where we are. To remind us of the essential things, I went around campus and asked the Binghamton community what they are thankful for.

Zion Baldwin

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“I am grateful for my mentor, Dr. Harris. I met him through the Big Brothers and Sisters of NYC when I was nine years old. To this day, we have a great relationship. He has served as a father figure to me because my pops was not in my life. Because of him, I’ve had educational opportunities that aren’t afforded to many people from the South Bronx, like me, and I am eternally grateful for how he had helped me improve my circumstances.”

Kara Hess-Hover

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“I’m thankful for my family. They help me out a lot, especially with going to school and having two kids at the same time. They help me relax when I am stressing out about things; they are just great moral support. My mom watches my kids while I’m working and when I’m on campus.”

Midhun Ram and Teena Thomas

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Midhun Ram 

“She goes through hard times with me, she supports me. I’m just thankful to her.” 

Teema Thomas

“I’m thankful for being with him. We have been in a relationship for two years. We are from India and I’m grateful that we got into the same university.”

Linda Salomons

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“I'm thankful for all of the parents and family members of our Binghamton students. We have a parent in New Jersey whose son graduated from Binghamton. Still, she has made it her mission to contribute to our Bear Necessities Food Pantry. She goes all around her town and collects items and other parents assist by driving that stuff up to our campus.”

Jennifer Splieth

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“It’s really cool to be an aunt. I feel like she is my own kid in a way, because I get to see her grow up and I get to babysit her and buy her clothes, and it just makes me excited for my future.”

Marsha Roe

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“I’m very grateful for my family, friends and wonderful colleagues. I’m also blessed for what my parents taught me: to treat others like I would want to be treated, to be very kind. That’s why I think I have gotten so very far in life.”

Jeet Swadia

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“I’m from India and my family sent me here. They gave me this platform to nurture my skills, to nurture my passion. My family here, from [International Student and Scholar Services], take care of me as a family. I don’t feel like I’m away from home because of them.”

Tyler Steele

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“I’m a commuter, so I’m thankful for having a home to go back to. You know how it goes -- free meals every night.”

Michaela Barnett

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“I’m just grateful for all of the opportunities in my life. I’m in this group called Binghamton International Volunteers. Every year we get to go on a service trip to developing countries and help out and teach them about proper health and proper diets and just teach the kids about healthy eating. That’s an opportunity I wouldn’t get if I wasn’t in Binghamton.”

Lisa Viviano

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“I’m very thankful to be surrounded by a lot of music. I just found out that I’m able to add a music minor to my studies. Music has been a part of my life for a really long time, nearly a decade at this point. It has always brought me great friends, great connections and it has exposed me to all sorts of genres and history.”

Peter Nardone

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“I’m thankful for the people that I’m around. It means a lot to have a network to support me throughout all my endeavors, whether it is my personal or professional life. They help me create a balance between the two.”

Kyle Polidore

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“I’m grateful for my family. Especially my mother and my father. I have never not had their support.”

Laura Guerrero-Almeida is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations and an undergraduate student in the English Literature and Creative Writing Program, and cinema. She loves photography, writing and Netflix. 

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