My sister and BFF, Sylvia writes:

Yowzas! I have so much to be thankful for that I don’t know where to begin. Let’s see…there’s my family. This time last year, my granny was really ill and we didn’t know whether she’d even make it to Christmas. Fast forward to November 2011, and she’s back living at her house and yelling at neighborhood kids like old times.

Also, there’s my wonderful niece G-butt aka Boogie. Even though we live many miles apart, the wonders of technology enable me to be a part of her formative years. She even made sure to take her first steps while I was skyping with her and Nik earlier this year! Additionally, there’s my loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of who are currently in good health and I am more than blessed to have in my life. And finally, my big sis. Or as most of you know her, CurlyNikki. Nikki is the best friend, mentor, confidante, and stylist that any little sister could ask for (definitely thankful that we wear the same size). Plus, she gave birth to the aforementioned love of my life, Gia. ‘Nuff said.

I am also extremely thankful for my friends. I am blessed to have a bunch of really great people in my life, whether it be my besties that have held me down since age 9 (shout out to Sondra) and middle school, my WashU loves, or the homies down in the ‘dale, I have an amazing support system that I don’t know what I’d do without. And last, but not nearly least, there’s my amazing boyfriend and his lovely family. They have been one of the newest components of my life this past year, but I feel like I’ve known them forever.

I am also quite thankful for my graduate school career. 2 ½ years down. 2 ½ to go until I can add Ph.D. behind my name. I am thankful to have passed my thesis defense, and am looking forward to achieving many more grad school milestones. Most importantly, I am thankful for the fact that I love what I am studying and its potential to someday benefit society.

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