Thanksgiving is usually the time that we think a lot about giving thanks. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the year we often let our thanks fall by the wayside – or we take for granted that others will realize we are thankful. As we begin a new calendar year, college parents and their students might find this a good time to think about some New Year’s “thank-yous”.
Ten Thank-yous for College Students
As parents, many of us began early to teach our children the automatic response of “thank you” when they were given something. Many college students on the job or internship hunt are reminded of the importance of a quick thank-you note following a job interview. The seeds have been planted.
There is power in a thank-you. Not only because of the message to the person being thanked, but there is power in the reminder of gratitude for what has been given. Talk to your college student about a Thank-you Resolution for a new year or a new semester. Help her think of people she can thank – often. Help her think of some people she may have taken for granted or forgotten about who might appreciate a thank-you. Both your student and you may be surprised at how many people make the list. Your student may be surprised at how good saying “thank-you” makes her feel.