With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it’s a great time to step back and think of all the things for which we are thankful in our lives. Of course, family and friends are at the top of the list, but something I find myself often forgetting to give thanks for is my education.

When I was an undergraduate student, I participated in a mentoring program to help motivate high school students to consider attending community colleges or universities. For me personally, this was a strange concept to grasp, as I had never considered not continuing my education after high school. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that informed us of the opportunities that colleges would provide and grow up in a household with two college graduates as parents. I believe these factors were critical to my choice to pursue an undergraduate and graduate education, but others aren’t so lucky to have such a support system to encourage them to pursue their dreams. It is very unfortunate that there are so many individuals who do not have the support, resources, or money to attend college, and it is important to always keep that in mind.

Because things may be stressful at times, it can be very easy to forget how lucky Canisius students are to attend such a great school. Accounting students like myself are especially fortunate since Canisius has one of the best accounting programs in the area. In addition to having a 90% job placement rate within four months of graduation, the Canisius accounting program has been nationally recognized for the outstanding pass rates its students have on the CPA exam. Having gone through the job recruiting process this past fall, I can attest to the fact that both Big Four and regional accounting firms have a lot of respect for Canisius accounting students and are familiar with the rigorous curriculum the school offers. I am confident that my Canisius education prepared me extremely well for the recruiting process and will ultimately do the same for my career. Therefore, this Thanksgiving, I will be sure to include my Canisius accounting education on the list of things for which I am thankful.