By Maddy Miller
Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013
With Thanksgiving approaching in just a few days, everyone at my school was anxious to have a break and get to go home. For the majority of us it had been almost four months since we had been home. We couldn’t wait to see our families, pets, and get to eat a nice home cooked meal. But the days were going by terribly slow and we were all dreaming of these wonderful things we would experience when we got home. Since my friends and I were all going home for Thanksgiving and we were in the holiday spirit, we decided to have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner together before we all left for break.
Our only problem was none of us had an oven! Yet, this didn’t kill our Thanksgiving plans! We had a full Thanksgiving dinner with green bean casserole, turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, rolls, and cheesecake! We made almost everything in the microwave, and the other items we bought at the local CVS. It was a little hectic with all of us using one microwave to cook the dinner, but this craziness reminded me of a real family preparing dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Afterward, we all sat around in a circle, listening to Christmas music, and each of us said what we were thankful for. For me there were a million things I was thankful for: my health, education, family, and more. But I told the other girls that I was thankful for them. I was thankful for the friendships and memories we were creating.
Everyone used to tell me before I left for college, “You are going to be on your own now”. Yes I am becoming an independent individual, but I am not completely on my own. Since coming to college I have realized that the people that you surround yourself with become like a second family. From getting an opinion on what to wear to studying together to going to get medicine when your friend is sick or even having a Thanksgiving dinner, my friends at school have become like a family to me. You become each other’s moms, dads, brothers, and sisters. Since my real family is 14 hours away it is nice to know that I have friends who are just down the hall.
I arrived back in Nebraska today and I am ecstatic to be home and to get to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. I have missed them terribly. It is so nice to be back in my own room and house, spending time with my family and pets, and having a break from school. Yet I am glad to know that when I have to say goodbye to my family and leave Nebraska, I will have my friends in Pittsburgh waiting for me.
Maddy Miller is a college freshman at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania majoring in Dance with a Jazz concentration. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Maddy was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013. Learn more about Maddy here!