Another Mexican Monday in the books and I got to spend it with some of my favorite grad school girls. I really enjoyed having the week away from WVU, but I missed them! We’re all so different but I love how well we all get along. We’re from Kansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland. It’s always so nice to have someone to talk to about classes, exams, and our research that only we can understand. Being in graduate school together is something that unites you forever. Yes I realize how cheesy that sounds but it’s true. I’m so thankful for these intelligent, beautiful, and fun women in my daily life.
So one of our favorite things to do together is eat. What? We all gotta eat so we might as well do it together, right? So Others Might Eat knows this, and they work really hard to feed those who need it most in the Washington D.C. area. SOME doesn’t stop there though. They make sure as many needs as possible that the people around D.C. have are met. That means putting clothes on their backs, making sure they have health care, a place to lay their heads at night, and any counseling they may need. For over forty years SOME has been restoring hope and dignity to thousands of people one at a time. Last year alone more than 260,000 hot meals were served to men, women, and children, and more than 18,900 people were able to take a hot shower. Homelessness is a cycle that can be broken, and SOME gives people the resources they need to transform their lives. I’m pretty sure the only thing we like to do more than eat is laugh at/with each other. I don’t know about the other girls, but Robin Williams is someone who can always bring a smile to my face. Apparently his Juilliard classmate Christopher Reeve also thought he was pretty hilarious. However the work that the Christopher Reeve Foundation does to fund research in order to cure spinal cord injuries is no laughing matter. CRF is also dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injuries through grants, information, and advocacy. Williams has taken on Christopher’s dream as his own. Christopher may not have been able to get out of his wheelchair, but because of his determination and passion others are getting that chance today. Chris’ wife, Dana, was the mastermind behind the Paralysis Resource Center which has helped thousands of people living with paralysis and their families with life-changing information and resources. Christopher knew that the impossible was possible. I know how he feels with only one more blog post till my one year anniversary!
So Others Might Eat Donation
Christopher Reeve Foundation Donation
So here’s to my grad school girls! We’ve celebrated birthdays, Mexican Mondays, football games, game nights, and presenting seminars and it’s only our first semester together. We help each other with research, homework, and exams. I mean who else would understand the frustration of using SAS or R? Thank you for Fridays at Panera, Mondays at Los, Saturdays in Wardensville, and everyday that you make me smile.
This is what you girls do to me 🙂