Editor’s note: Abigail Rogers-Berner ’14 wrote and presented the following message during the Community Winter Banquet on December 17, 2013.
Happiest of holidays to each and every one of you! I found it difficult to single out just a few people for whom I am grateful—for I cannot imagine my experience without everyone as a whole. Each of you has changed my life for the better, substantially so, and I am so incredibly fortunate to call you my friends and teachers. More often than not, the two overlap.
We often reflect upon our blessings during the holiday season, and we should, for we are able to go home to our families, our other friends, and our warm homes and appreciate all that we have. This year, though, I have come to realize that what we experience at home during winter vacation is a pretty parallel feeling to what we have here, every single day. When I am at school, I am also at home.
You are my family, my rock, my delight, and even if you don’t even know my first name, you lift me up because you are a part of a community for which I care deeply, and by which I have developed into the person I am today.
As we go “home” on Thursday, be excited. But also think about how fortunate we are to be at Williston and to be in one another’s lives. Our time is not much longer here, with this specific composition of incredible individuals.
I, for one, could not consider myself luckier. Thank you for all that you do and for all that you are. Thank you for touching my life so powerfully.
All my love, both in the holidays and out,
Abigail Rogers-Berner ’14