This issue I wanted to help people focus on things that others do for them. Being thankful for what you have and what others do for you is important so that you don’t spend too much time thinking about the bad or the stressors, especially being at a school like Embry-Riddle (I see you, engineering students).
In an effort to get our students, staff, and alumni thinking about these things, I had but one question;
Q: What is one of the nicest, or the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
A: “I guess the nicest thing for me was, I was really stressed out and I was having a really rough day, so then my friends got together and got this basket full of like facemasks and candy and it really brightened my mood.” -Hunter Nudson
A: “That’s a hard question. Something that comes to mind at least is just, there was this some stranger that once told me that I had a nice smile.” -Brent Wasnick
A: “My adopted parents. When they took me in when my parents dropped me off at their door.” -Sydni Bond
A: “There was a random backpacker one time when I was about 20 miles in, just backpacking the sequoia national forest. Out there in the middle of nowhere, and he had just four beers, and he shared one with me. I think that was one of the nicest things. I’ve been gone for three days out there and he shared a beer with me, and that was pretty nice.” -Charles Roberts
A: “My Mom gave birth to me.” -Moriah Lewis
A: “The first person that came to my mind was my mom as well. I mean everything she’s done for me.” -Ashley Loberger
A: “When I was around ten, my dad… I just wasn’t appreciative of the money that I had, so he sent [me] out of the house. He was just like, “Live off this x-amount of money, ten dollars,’ right. Then from then on out I was just like at my local grocery store just asking people for money to buy stuff essentially. Um, one of them actually just, like he was my neighbor, right, he saw me and he was just like, ‘I’ll take you in.’ For two days. It was just a really kind gesture and I really appreciated it.” -Karan Goglani
A: “Professor Ritchie, Professor Scott Ritchie helped me get this job. In recent memories that’s one of the nicest things someone has helped me do.” -Professor Nick Hansen
A: “When I was a college student, there was a lady in town, Kim McFee, and she used to meet with me every week and mentor me talk to me about life. I think that was, her taking the time to do that was the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me.” -Haley Hansen, Alumni
A: “Oh! I ran outta gas. It was like two weeks ago I ran outta gas. A guy picked me up, brought me to the gas station and then back to my car. It was super nice.” -Douglas Niemela
A: “My SGA President brought me my favorite type of chips to a meeting because it was gonna be a long meeting that wasn’t very fun.” -Sabrina Davis
A: “Be there for me I guess, physically be there for me.” -Jenna Knudson
A: “Buy me food.” -Amber Rollins
A: “Probably the nicest thing someone has ever done for me is I fell and someone helped me back up around campus.” -Hannah Sexton
Remember to stop and appreciate all the good things you have in your life. Be thankful for these things and maybe try to give some good to others. Even small things can go a long way for people.