Despite challenges, count blessings this holiday season

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    The financial crisis has left many unemployed and put a strain on homes in the United States and everywhere. Considering reports about layoffs, as well as budget and paycheck cuts in companies across the board, it may seem difficult to find things to be grateful for when many families are struggling to stay afloat. But despite these challenging times, you only have to look around to realize it’s not all bad.

    TCU students go to school in a beautiful campus, one that keeps changing and expanding to meet their needs. Sure, it has a high price tag, but the university administration makes sure to increase financial aid at the same rate as the rising tuition cost, which the trustees increased by only 5 percent for next year to help students’ families cope with the economic slowdown.

    The country is at the threshold of a new administration. Whether you agree or disagree with the president-elect’s policies, you are part of a generation whose opinion has never been so valued as it is today. Your voice matters more than ever now that times are difficult, and living in a democracy is something to be grateful for. Students at this university are fortunate to be getting an education when others can barely afford to put food on their table.

    Academic programs, such as study abroad, continue to expand, as well as the offerings of other departments on campus that have added majors, minors or courses to their curriculum.

    The economic meltdown has put things into perspective for a lot of families, and this holiday season, students should reflect on what really matters. Be grateful for your parents’ embrace or the comforting voice of a friend. Be grateful for the encouraging words of a professor or a stranger’s kind gesture. Times may be difficult, but there is always a reason to smile.

    News editor Julieta Chiquillo for the editorial board.