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We asked: What are you thankful for?

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The Bridge Editor

November 22, 2021

It’s the season of thanks, so we asked members of the Carthage community, “What are you thankful for and why?” We also asked them for their favorite Thanksgiving dishes (though everyone wanted to keep their recipes secret).

Amy Malczewski

Adjunct Professor of Communications and Digital Media

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful for the new CDM 1300 Visual Communication textbook! It is so fascinating, and I’m excited to share it with my students.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“My grandmother’s cranberry/raspberry jello recipe. She has passed on, but I still make it every year, and I use the glass bowl she used. It is heartwarming to see it on the table.”

 

Nina Werger ’24

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for my wonderful roommate and friend. Not only do we never get sick of each other, but we get to have a slumber party every night!”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Green bean casserole.”

 

Serena Richardson ’24

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for the little moments in life: the crisp autumn air, hot cocoa, fuzzy socks, mystery novels, the feeling after submitting a time-intensive essay, and jamming out to a Harry Styles tune. Small moments can give you so much joy and add a positive shimmer to any day. Huge life-changing moments do not come every day, so it makes more sense to be thankful for the little things in life (even if it is your sister’s tendency to send you ten hours worth of Snapchat videos updating me on her ‘exciting’ life). The love I receive from friends and family will always be enough.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Mashed potatoes with lots of butter, gravy, and stuffing-egg cups!”

 

Caroline Huttner ’24

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful for my dance team. We have a lot of fun, and they push me to be better.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Mashed potatoes.”

 

Hailey Mattek ’25

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful for my mom and my dog. My mom fought cancer in 2019 and beat it! And my little 11-year-old Yorkie named Molly beat severe pancreatitis this year. I’m so grateful to have them in my life.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom’s famous mashed potatoes!”

 

Julie Heinrichs ’25

What are you thankful for and why?

“There are numerous things that I’m thankful for, including my family and friends, but in these past few months, I realized that there are more just than those two things to be thankful for. The list includes in-person classes at Carthage, living on campus, meeting and becoming close with my amazing cross country team, my professors, and the Starbucks on campus. Throughout my life, I’ve been thankful for a lot of things, and I believe it has shaped me to become a better person. Being thankful for something or someone brings me joy, and I believe it also brings good fortune. I’ve met so many amazing people through my experiences at Carthage, and I’m forever thankful for them.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“My grandma’s cheesy potatoes and her pumpkin pie.”

 

Debbie Clark

Administrative Assistant to the Campus Pastor

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful for every student who walks through the Center for Faith and Spirituality’s doors. Whether they work here, hang out here, drop in for candy, or need directions, they energize and bless me.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Anything in the form of a pie.”

 

Marian Rothstein

Professor Emerita of Modern Languages

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’ve been retired for a decade and am thankful for many memories of wonderful students and colleagues. More recently, I have had help whenever I needed it from the employees in the computer center (Ed Halverson and Carol Sabar, and many more) who have made it possible for me to continue writing, going to conferences, and publishing articles and a book since my retirement from teaching. Thank you to you all.”