What Are You Thankful For?

SCU students share the things they're most thankful for.

SCU students share the things they're most thankful for.  


Erin Gates ’17
Computer Science

I’m thankful for freedom in Christ. I’m thankful for people with infectious laughter or smiles. And for things that are simultaneously beautiful and practical. Like a really shiny 6” ruler I have that is a beautiful shade of emerald green and is made with stainless steel and has a cork bottom so it doesn’t slip.


Daniel Kimoto ’18
Civil Engineer

Jesus. God’s grace to sinners who are undeserving of His mercy. Family. Friends. Housemates. People in my classes who will cover for me when I’m sick. Merciful teachers. Challenging professors. Food. #Benson. Pony Express. The opportunity to attend school on this beautiful campus. Mentors. The Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott. Ezekiel Elliott. Friend who take me to the gym and get me outdoors. Naptime. Good movies. Good superhero movies. Water fountain dispensers.


JJ Kwong ’18
Accounting and Information Systems

Relationships. Kevin Durant. Friendships. Having people in your life to talk to. For advice. That’s valuable. I just like basketball.


Shannen Edwin ’19
Computer Engineering

Community. Family. Good school. Friends. Because I know what it’s like to not have community and it sucks. I have good parents. They don’t do anything bad to me. I know what it’s like to not have friends.


Esther Bartlett ’18

My friends. I know that’s cliche, but I’m so proud of them. Because they have taken their situations in life and used it in ways that nobody could have fathomed for such a positive result.


Grace Joseph ’19
Public Health

My relationships with my family and my friends. God has blessed me with a lot of amazing people in my life who are always so uplifting and who are blessings. They do little things for me just to encourage me every day and support me. Little things like texting me randomly or giving me small gifts or words of encouragement all the time. What makes people amazing: They’re so full of love, and they just like to love on people all the time.


Cruz Medina
English professor

I’m thankful for living in a time when we have access to different opinions than our own and that we have people who are patient and willing to engage in civil discussion and think of the common good.


Hanna Ravi ’17
Biology, Spanish

I’m thankful for my friends and family. They emotionally support me in all of my endeavors!


Jacqueline Quirke ’17

I am thankful to be alive and have the opportunity to be in a place where I can glean amazing opportunities at SCU and elsewhere. I am thankful for the people around me and that I can give back to them, by serving them and showing them the love that they show me. I'm thankful for this time to develop as a person, through both the amazing and the difficult things that life has to offer.


Fernando Guinto ’18

I'm thankful for family that supports me, friends that encourage me to try new things, and my guitars.


Shelly Valdez ’18
English (Creative Writing, Studio Art, Gender Studies)

I’m thankful for the opportunity to tell good stories, give good love, and make good art.


Armando Aguilar ’18

Estoy inmensamente agradecido por la oportunidad de obtener una educación en la Universidad de Santa Clara. Creciendo, las expectaciones de la mayoría de mis maestros, empezando en mi escuela primaria, eran muy bajas. Ahora, las oportunidades a mi alcance han crecido como nunca lo hubiera imaginado. Pero esta educación sólo fue posible con el apoyo incondicional de mis familiares y amigos—por eso, siempre les estaré agradecido.  

I am immensely grateful for the the opportunity to obtain an education a Santa Clara University. Growing up, the expectations from the majority of my teachers, starting in elementary, were very low. Now, the number of opportunities opened to me are greater than I could imagined. However, this education was only possible due to the unconditional support from my family and friends—for that, I will always be grateful.


Alexa DeSanctis ’20

I’m thankful for my family. I think being away from them has made me appreciate even more how good they are to me and how much I appreciate their love and support. And food. I’m thankful for marriage. What I’m really thankful for is love - that’s what I always talk about.


Joy Yusufzai ’18
Civil Engineering 

I’m thankful for professors who have grace. I’m thankful that I know a lot of really generous people. I’m thankful that time moves at the pace it does - sometimes I wish it would go faster, sometimes I wish it would go slower—but I'm glad I’m not in charge of what pace it moves at.


Tori Brown ’20
Public Health 

I’m thankful for Kairos and the people I met on the retreat that changed my life.


Veronica Ybarra ’17
Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Communications 

I am thankful to have a relationship with God. I am thankful to have known Him since I was young and understand his goodness and the wonderful ways that He continues to build me as His daughter.  I am thankful to know a Father who is willing to sacrifice his only begotten Son in order to show me the light and allow me to live a life that is wholesome and blessed.

I'm thankful for those who walk alongside me in life. I feel like that may be deemed as cliche. But there are people who have seen me at my worst. They've seen me when I have been demoralizing and hurtful. These are people who I have not only upset yet I have pushed away. I have purposely asked for them not to care yet they've refused to just allow me to fail, they've refused to allow me to hurt. I want to say I'm thankful for friends and family which is really true but it's deeper than that. I'm thankful for the relationships that I've been blessed with. I'm thankful for the ways that these relationships have shaped me and have allowed to become the person that I'm meant to be. I'm thankful that there are people in my life who are willing to fight good fight for me and help me come to a place where I have no choice but to know and understand that I am loved, fully and completely by those who surround me. They see a small spark in me and they're not willing to allow me to lose that, they're willing to help me grow that into a flame.


Jasmine Rovaris ’20
Undeclared Arts and Sciences

My family and all that they have done for me. For all the friends in my life who have stuck around for me through thick and thin no matter what the circumstances also thankful for the wonderful recitation I receive at SCU and all the opportunities the school provides me with.


Victoria Yao ’18
Studio Art (Entrepreneurship)

I'm thankful for my beautiful doggo Gozer.


Grace Gilman ’17
Political Science, Communications

I’m so thankful for my mom—and my dad! They taught me everything and gave me everything… they’re so generous and have sacrificed so much for me.


Tauseef Ahmed ’17
Biology with AIMES minor

I’m so grateful to live in California because it is such a diverse place. A lot of innovative technologies come from people of diverse backgrounds, so I get to experience a lot of new things in the Bay Area.


Michael Leake ’17
Philosophy, Theatre Arts

“I’m thankful for the good friends that I’ve made and kept and all the fun times that I’ve shared with them. Oh and my cat!”


Aysel Atamdede ’17

“I’m thankful for the strength and support of friends and family in this troubled political and social time.”


Kyra Wayne ’17
Web Design and Engineering, with a minor in Studio Art

“I’m thankful for friends and family that love me for who I am and drive me to the best version of myself.”


Stefania Gueorguieva ’17
Studio Art, German Studies, with a minor in International Business

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to share in a thanksgiving meal with all of my close housemates and friends before we go home for break. It’s a good chance to really appreciate those at our home away from home.”


Alejandra Rivera ’17
Public Health, with a minor in Sociology

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark and explore new places and cultures.”


Tito Rios ’18

“I am thankful for my friends, family, and all the opportunities here at Santa Clara they’ve happily supported me through.”


Spencer Chin ’17
Computer Science 

I’m thankful for all the opportunities that I have in my life in terms of relationships and where I am, being in the Silicon Valley - there's a lot to be thankful for and I think we forget that because we’re in that bubble of prosperity.


Isaiah Green ’18

My friends. I have the best friends tbh. All of my friends are like second family. I can always count on my friends to be there for me. Each and every one. And they can count on me too.


Tina Traboulsi ’17
English, Music

I am thankful for my newborn baby cousin GJ. I only had two cousins before GJ--one on my mom's side and one on my dad's side. My family prayed for years to have a third cousin and that prayer was answered in September.


Erika Rasmussen ’20

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think about thankfulness is life itself. I am so thankful to be alive, to be human, to have the ability to feel and to love and to just be. It's easy to get caught up in the mess of living sometimes and to forget the beauty that comes with simply being alive and on this earth and waking up each day with lungs full of air and a heart full of hope.

I am incredibly thankful for so much; for my dedicated mother, for my arduously-working father, for my patient twin brother, for my inspiring and ever-most-loving friends, for my incredible roommate, for the people who have shaken me awake and changed my life for better and for good. For my health, for a horizon filled with endless possibilities, for the roses and the thorns and the sunshine that keeps them growing. For every decision I have ever made, for my growing faith, for the presence of God in all the goodness around me, for run-on sentences and the freedom to be who I am.

I am thankful for the ups, the downs, the in-betweens. I am thankful for it all.


Ray Che ’19
Computer Science, Engineering

My parents. Having the opportunity to attend SCU. My friends. For God.


Jeffrey Meier ’20
Civil Engineering

I am thankful for my family and the SQUAD. And winter! I am thankful for the mountains and winter.


Shirlene Jessica ’20
Computer Science 

I am thankful for opportunities. Such as the school that I’m in, the classes I can take, the friends that I have. Just everything.


Gavin Cosgrave ’20
Undeclared Business

I'm thankful that one quarter into college I'm already immersed in a community of fun, insightful and caring friends.


Mandy Caputo ’18

My friends, family, and animals (horses, dogs, etc.)


Lauren Larson ’20

I’m thankful for my family and to have the opportunity to attend Santa Clara and meet some amazing people. And the opportunity to grow in my faith since I’ve been here.