Sometimes our plans do not always turn out as expected. Sometimes in the middle of these failed plans we must look for the shimmer of silver linings. Sometimes we look at challenges as a whole and the outlook is pretty dismal. However, once the smoke clears, we can look back and see the opportunities that remain. The outlook on higher education from a national perspective has been pretty grim over the last several years; however, during this Thanksgiving holiday when we’re gathered around the table with family and friends, let’s focus on being thankful for the sides.
Turkey and thanksgiving are synonymous to most of us. The turkey is the star of this deliciously gluttonous holiday, but there are times when circumstances arise and the main event leaves much to be desired. No matter what happens with the turkey, the sides are always there, consistent and comforting. The sides represent the collaboration between timeless and contemporary, the coming together of families and blending of traditions.
Education is a little like Thanksgiving. Year after year it goes through highs and lows, but when we step back—there are the “sides” to provide structure and security. During this Thanksgiving holiday, we should be thankful for the higher education system in America. A system in which individuals from diverse backgrounds unite to learn, to teach, to grow, to better themselves, and to contribute to a sustainable future. Sure, the system isn’t perfect, but it is worth the effort to collaboratively work and improve the educational opportunities that are not as widely available anywhere else. Just like the turkey may not turn out just the way we had hoped, there are the delicious sides that help bring the whole dinner together.
So when we read and hear about the shortcomings within the higher education system, this year, let’s be thankful for them because it means we are in a state of change and ongoing improvement. It is only when these problems cease to exist that the world becomes stagnate. It is the challenges, obstacles, and desire to improve that drive individuals to participate in an environment which fosters innovation and in turn creates a brighter future.
As we gather around our table, dig into those sides with gusto and know that while there is still work left to do, there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.
EduCred Services wishes you a day full of giving thanks!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday?