Spread a Little Thanks

The fall season is coming to a close as Thanksgiving draws near, and I can’t help but feel a sense of thankfulness for all of the amazing opportunities the University of Illinois has provided for me in my two years here. Today I would like to thank all of the people that have shaped me into the student, friend, and future educator I am today.

Thank you to my mentors, my professors, and especially my teaching assistants, who work tirelessly to ensure I have the tools I will need to succeed. Specifically, I would like to thank Dr. David Zola, Assistant Dean Kathy Ryan, and the academic advisors for the College of Education, Michael Parrish and Michelle Ellis. Their support goes far beyond their job titles. Their hard work and dedication to education has fueled my passion for teaching, and I know they will continue to challenge and support me throughout my career.

I would also like to thank Jane and John Seiler, my scholarship donors. Because of their generosity and love for education, I am able to pursue my dreams.

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my seventh-grade social studies teacher (and inspiration), Mary Castellano, who sparked my love for teaching so many years ago.

I want to thank the University of Illinois for providing me with an academic platform that constantly challenges me as a student. I am proud to be one of 40,000 students who are committed to innovation and the power of education. This school has become my home away from home, and making roots here has made me a well-rounded member of the community.

There are so many others who I am thankful for: my family and loved ones, my friends, and my coworkers, to name a few.

Because of all of you, I am able to succeed, flourish, and change the world.

Thank you for all you do!


Please note that comments close after 90 days.

Prabha parameswara

November 19, 2017, 9:43 am

As a proud double graduate of the University of Illinois (and someone who happened to go to high school with your mom! ) I am so happy to see this post. It really warms my heart when kids of people I grew up with and friends speak so highly of the U of I and their experience there. Glad to know that you are by hasn’t changed all that much in that regard over these so many years since I attended. Keep up the good work and I’d love to meet you at some point before you graduate from that great institution! Thankful for the U of I inspiring students like you!!!


Charles Schuster

November 19, 2017, 1:38 pm

What a beautiful and beautifully written testimonial.