As the school year progresses and Thanksgiving approaches, political science junior Ashley Gonzalez tells what she is thankful for this year.
“My family, definitely, is the most important thing I’m grateful for. Without them, I wouldn’t be in the place that I am. I grew up in a not-so-great of a place and my mom actually took me out of there and made something of herself and pushed through being a single mother. Then she met my step-dad. He’d pushed me to go to college because I originally wasn’t going to college. I went to Northern Oklahoma College in Enid and transferred to OSU because I felt like OSU was a big “family” place. Since family is very important to me, I wanted that aspect. My family supports everything that I do, and they push me every single day to strive for the best and to better myself. They’re all so proud of me because I am a first-generation college student. I already have my associate’s degree so that was a big accomplishment not just for me, but also for my family. I plan to repay my family as soon as I graduate because they have done so much for me and I know I’m going to do so much for them. I’m very grateful to have such a great family foundation that builds me up all the time.”