Happy Holidays

Thanksgiving Holiday Cornucopia
Article by: Dr. Quintin Bullock, CCAC President

Dearest readers: the snow has started to fall, certain local radio stations have switched over to 24-hour holiday music and I can’t enter a grocery store anymore without catching the scent of cinnamon in the air.

It’s official: the end-of-the-year holiday season has begun.

And not a moment too soon! This year has been a long one, and I, for one, am definitely looking forward to some holiday cheer in my immediate future, starting with Thanksgiving this coming Thursday. I’ll be spending some quality time with my brother and sisters and their families and cooking up some delicious Southern-style Thanksgiving dishes.

Many of you already know how much I love to cook (and some of you may have even had a chance to sample some of my recipes at a QBBBQ this semester), so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that I love a good holiday meal. However, Thanksgiving would still be one of my favorite holidays even without the incomparable food.

Thanksgiving is a holiday whose very name encourages us to take a moment and give thanks for all of life’s blessings. It is an opportunity to reflect on our own respective bounties, our family and friends, our achievements and the fruits of our hard work and to feel gratitude for the love and good fortune in our lives.

However, I believe that this time of self-reflection is at its most powerful when it inspires us to look beyond ourselves and outward to those in our community who are less fortunate and to whom this year has not been kind. I urge you this holiday season not only to count your own blessings, but also to share what you can—be it love, time or resources—with your neighbors whenever you are able.

That, to me, is the true spirit of Thanksgiving and of the holidays to come.

Before we finish up here, I’d like to take just a moment to congratulate again each and every one of the 50 Distinguished CCAC Alumni who were honored at our 50th Anniversary Gala this past Saturday, November 19. It was a special and entertaining evening, and the funds raised at this year’s event will go towards our goal of endowing 50 new scholarships for CCAC students in honor of our 50th anniversary.

You can apply for a variety of CCAC scholarships for the spring semester (starting January 17 and 30—enroll today!) by filling out just one application in the STARS scholarship portal—just in case you needed a good excuse to duck out of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year…

On behalf of myself and CCAC, I wish you all a fun, festive and fulfilling holiday season. Enjoy your break, good luck with your final exams and mark your calendars for another Bullock’s Blog post in January 2017!

What are your fun holiday plans? Tweet at me @QBpresCCAC with your holiday stories and photos, and I will retweet my favorites!


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