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From the Editor’s Desk: What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving

Although it’s a week out, I’m incredibly excited for Thanksgiving this year. 

This semester has been one of the most taxing of my college career. Every week has brought with it an avalanche of work, stress, dinners with friends and 2 a.m. library sessions. The thought of a few days off to slow down, turn my brain off and spend time with family is a welcome respite from the go-go-go of college life. 

I’m really looking forward to my family’s Thanksgiving traditions: peeling potatoes, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, arguing with my cousins about the superior Thanksgiving dish (it’s stuffing, thank you very much) and half-watching NFL games while fighting (and losing to) the urge to fall asleep. 

Thanksgiving break also signifies an important pause before finals week. It provides a way for students to take a breather and prepare for the end of the semester and the stress that comes with it. Believe me, I’ll make good use of it. 

Despite the constant pressure I’ve been under this semester, I also have so much to be thankful for. I moved into a great apartment with two really great roommates. My classes are challenging, but the professors I have are super knowledgeable and interesting. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and discovered a lot of really fun hobbies. I’m so thankful for all of that. 

I also became editor-in-chief of The Post this semester. It’s certainly added to my stress-levels, but it’s been extremely rewarding. 

I’m most thankful for the fact that I’ve gotten a front-row seat to watch some of the most amazing and talented people I’ve ever met do what they love. Never before have I been surrounded by so many promising journalists, designers, photographers, coders, and editors. 

I’m thankful for Andrea Lewis, OU’s director of student media, and all of the essential work she does to keep us going. I’m thankful for The Post’s recognition and awards, which I’ve written about at length because I can’t help it.

Lastly, I’m thankful for all of you, our readers! Your attention and readership means the world to us at The Post

P.S., there won’t be a print edition of The Post next week as we all enjoy the much needed break. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Ryan Maxin is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Interested in chatting more with him? Email Ryan at or find him on Twitter at @ryanmaxin

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