Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Its a time to gather with family and friends, share food, and be in a state of mindful gratitude. I have family traveling here from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California, and I am grateful for the chance to be with them. I’m also grateful for the great students and staff here at Tippie.
The big news here on campus today is that one of our brightest (Jeffrey Ding) received a Rhodes Scholarship. Working with Jeffrey and students like him is a privilege. Jeffrey has done a lot to make Tippie and the University of Iowa a better place, and we have been challenged to keep up with him. We are lucky to have him here and look forward to seeing what he does with this outstanding opportunity, and others that are sure to come.
In addition to our high achieving scholars, we have students here at Tippie with character and passion. Over the last few days I’ve had outstanding conversations with a student who needs a little help graduating, but has a strong work ethic, and another student who claimed, “I have no idea what I’m doing when I graduate” despite being passionate about helping others. I’m grateful for an opportunity to work with each of those students as well. They are on a journey of discovery and achievement, and I find it deeply rewarding to be even a small part of their lives.
So this Thanksgiving season I have a lot to be thankful for, including family, friends, colleagues, and students. What are you thankful for? I hope you have a chance to rest and reflect over the course of this week. Happy Thanksgiving!