Community: Here’s what I’m thankful for in higher education

Students and professors at the University of Maryland, College Park discuss what they’re most thankful for in higher ed this Thanksgiving season

thankful-thanksgiving-education There’s been a lot of vitriol about higher education in the public and media lately, but for those students and professors on campus, there’s still a tremendous amount to be thankful for in the postsecondary world.

Whether looking at higher ed as a stepping-stone in student’s career paths, a chance to be exposed to new things, or as a place to make new friends, higher ed has brought several benefits for its community this Thanksgiving season.

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With the economy not as healthy and robust, more students are looking at what else they can take out of their education besides their studies.

“I am most thankful for the work/experience opportunities—specifically getting a job before I graduate. The education I received within higher ed provided me with the return on investment I was seeking,” said Molly Garfinkle, student at UMDCP.

Likewise, for those students seeking employment, networking is among their top priorities.

“ I am definitely thankful for the connections that I’ve made. Specifically for me, being interested in Sports Journalism, Maryland’s sports journalism program has really helped me get my career jumpstarted. I’ve become very close with one of my professors, George Solomon, sports editor at Washington post and creator of Shirley Povich Sports Center here at the journalism school,” Oliver Macklin, journalism student at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMDCP), said.

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