School will be starting in less than a week and in this interim period, I’m reflecting on my hopes for the upcoming year. We all have much to be thankful for, despite our setbacks, and I think we should especially use this time to celebrate and remember. As my sorority prepares to go through recruitment, we did a similar event, having a group toast for the upcoming year. It was such a bonding experience and I think we need to raise our glass more often.
So what am I toasting to this year?
First, to an amazing two years thus far at UCLA. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most compassionate people in my time here and I will always be grateful for the friends that I will keep for the rest of my life. I have discovered a direction in my life that has given me a new pursuit—largely guided by the esteemed “pursuit of happiness.”
Secondly, for the present day. Yes, it carries its challenges but with these days, I have been able to find more gratitude than usual. I have realized recently how truly blessed we are—I pray that we all have health, everlasting hope, and happiness.
Lastly, for the future. We never know what a new day will bring but I hope that it always brings the best out of us. I want to make the most of every opportunity and I can’t wait for the new people that I will meet this year. I’m excited to grow closer with those that I am already close to—this will be a truly wonderful year.
I hope you’ll make a toast today—even if it’s with your water bottle. What are you wishing for this year and what are you thankful for today? Raise your glass!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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