By Maya “Seraphi” Williams, Graphic Designer

We hope everyone had a Thanksgiving full of food and fun! Even though Thanksgiving has its tradition of feasting with family and friends, the holiday encourages individuals to stop and think about what they are thankful for. Gratitude gives us appreciation for all we have and don’t have. Giving thanks humbles us in a way that can make the smallest problem go away. In this edition of “Ask a Sister,” we asked sisters to tell us what they are thankful for this year. What are you thankful for?

“I am thankful for my dog Paco. He is always there happy to greet me and cover me in snuggles and kisses! 😊

-Emily ‘Alevéri’ Harima (Grand Valley State University)


“There are so many things in life to be thankful for, and I often don’t think about how lucky I am for everything I have. I am first and foremost thankful for the people in my life. From the strangers that smile at me on the streets, to coworkers, professors, peers, friends, DPhiL sisters, and to my closest family -combined- I have been blessed to have shared a lifetime of unforgettable experiences and memories with them. Of them all, I am most thankful for my mom. My role model; the woman I aspire to be when I grow up. I am thankful for all the times she made me breakfast when I was running late, lunch and dinner -just because she loves me. For the times she stayed up with me when I had fevers, and made me congee when I couldn’t eat anything else. For washing my siblings and my dishes on her one day off when she just comes to visit us because she misses us. For loving me endlessly, and being the naggy mom who is constantly checking up on me. For caring about my well being, my grades, and my overall happiness. For everything she does and more, I am so thankful for my mother. I’m also extremely thankful for having a roof over my head that my parents have provided for me. I’m thankful for all of the wisdom, knowledge, and advice I have received from anyone. I am thankful for the opportunity to have an education supported with scholarships and financial aid so that when I graduate, I will be debt free. I am thankful for all of my jobs that provide me with a source of income. I am thankful for my health. I’m thankful for so much, words cannot explain!”

-Christine ‘lana’ Mei (DePaul University)


“I am thankful for my biggie, Brittany ‘Airabella’ Chow. She has been my greatest motivation and inspiration since day one. Instead of talk the talk, she walks the walk. She always sets a great example for everyone around her and I admire that so much. She also treats everyone around her with care and love. I am so lucky to have her as my biggie and I cannot be more thankful to have her in my life. She makes me love the sorority and cherish life so much more. You’re honestly an incredible person and you deserve to be acknowledged. Thank you!”

-Huanyi ‘Esmeé’ Zhen (Loyola University Chicago)


“I am incredibly thankful for my amazing mother. Her neverending love, support, and words of wisdom have truly helped to shape me to be who I am today. As I get older every year, my appreciation for her grows. I never understood how anyone could be best friends or share every little secret with their mothers, but I am slowly realizing how easy that is. With my crazy humor and spouts, she is always the one to tell me to change my perspective and consider all involved sides. My mother is an amazing cook, never would I leave the dining table unsatisfied or my parents’ house without containers of food. My mother is a phenomenal business owner, she is able to handle all aspects of the business from the inventory, salaries, to the employees. My mother is many things, but above all, she is an amazing mother. She is the foundation to my strength, and I truly love her so much.”

-Victoria ‘Kemira’ Li (Loyola University Chicago)


“My father was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer in January of this year but with medical help, lots of love and support, and a fighting strength, he was considered cancer free by the end of April. I am thankful that he is a cancer survivor and for the people who helped him keep his spirits up during this time.”

-Kristine ‘Sumitra’ Wesner (Illinois State University)


“I am thankful for surviving another car wreck with my mom. This is the second one together. Last time, the wreck was head-to-head; this time, a rear-ended crash. After two bad wrecks, we still came out alive. It’s been a long journey of treatments, but I’m thankful that the injuries aren’t as bad as it could’ve been. I am also thankful to the rest of our family members dealing with both of our hectic schedules of doctor visits. Thank you to all our family and friends for praying for us and being there. ️”

-Christina ‘ICON’ Shin (University of Georgia)


“I am thankful for a lot of things, but I am most thankful for my dedicated females that have lead me through life from the time I was born until now. My mother and grandmothers have been loving, supportive, and guided me through a lot. I have incredibly grateful for all they have done and sacrificed for me to be where I am today.”

-Maya ‘Seraphi’ Williams (Illinois State University)


Featured Image: Maya Williams