Dr Harris, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, takes a minute to give thanks before the festivities begin.
With Thanksgiving upon us, it is important to take time to reflect on what we are
thankful for. I’m lucky that my list is both long and very apparent; I don’t have
to dig deep to find lots to be thankful for. Here’s a quick summary:
I am thankful for being associated with Auburn University. It is nice to work at a place where believing in hard work, education, honesty, truthfulness, the human touch, and “a spirit that is not afraid” is celebrated and shows up in both the talk and the walk.
I am thankful for having one of the best, if not THE best, jobs at Auburn University. In the Graduate Programs office, we have the noble job of facilitating students’ pursuit of their dreams. The knowledge, skills, and confidence our students gain while earning their MBA or MS degree opens up doors and opportunities to help them realize professional and personal satisfaction. Our programs help them become stronger leaders, followers, teammates, colleagues, teachers, learners, friends, significant others, parents, etc. How cool is that?
I am also thankful for the people I get to work with. The staff and faculty I work with are wonderful and dedicated to doing great work; I just need to make sure I don’t get in their way. They are positive and enthusiastic and engaging. It is a treat to see and hear how others rave about the personal touch they receive from our office.
We are in the business of growing dedicated members of the Auburn family so it is no surprise that I am thankful and proud of our large and diverse alumni. They are all over the globe making a difference. It is always a thrill to hear from them and share in their ongoing successes.
On a more personal level, I am thankful for my family and friends who are quick to support and encourage me when I’m down and celebrate with me when I’m up.
I wish all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.