It's not always easy to be thankful for what you have when everything feels like ‘a lot.' Our community has remained vigilant to stop the spread of COVID-19 while also managing the everyday things which have become extra difficult in these trying times – childcare, supporting family, and helping sick loved ones to name a few. As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself reflecting on the good as much as possible, and I can assure you that there's still so much good happening around us during this continued time of uncertainty. I'd like to share some of my recent observations.

As I've been outlining in my recent posts, D'Amore-McKim staff and faculty have truly been giving their all this year to recruit, support, and educate our outstanding students. Over the 33 years I've been at Northeastern, I've seen our community pull together to support our mission and vision, but this year has been something particularly special. They've dealt with many changes and continue to produce amazing outcomes. I know it's because they care about our school, our students, and each other. I am so thankful for their efforts and for welcoming me into my new role so kindly. Their dedication and perseverance amaze me every day.

As Interim Dean, I've had the privilege of attending classes and student events regularly where I have the great fortune to observe our students in a way I haven't before. Both our undergraduate and graduate students are unique learners who have a drive that's unlike students at other universities. They're creative, innovative, and resilient, and I'm thankful for their energy and their diligence in keeping our campuses safe.

I've also had the privilege of meeting with several alumni, donors, corporate partners, and board members over the last few months. They have been extremely welcoming and encouraging during my transition into my new role, and many continually express interest in helping our community because they believe in our students and the power of experiential learning at Northeastern. I'm thankful for their commitment to supporting D'Amore-McKim and to making us as strong as we can be.

So, as we look forward to a Thanksgiving break before returning to close out the fall semester, I hope you too can find some good around you. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And thank you for all that you do.

Emery Trahan
Interim Dean
D'Amore-McKim School of Business