Why I Am Thankful for Technology This Year

Most people think of Thanksgiving as a time to relax and spend time with their friends and family, so at first, it may seem silly to be thankful for technology – something that can often interfere with having quality in-person time with loved ones. However, as a student living over 1000 miles away from my family, this year, I am more thankful than ever for the technology that allows me to connect with my relatives and friends.

Although I am in my second year of post-secondary education, I have experienced more homesickness this year than I ever did during my first year away from home. My first year of university was so exciting – I was in a new city, learning new things at a new school, and I was living in a student residence with 200 other amazing people. Now that some of the excitement has worn off, I often find myself missing home. However, I have found that the best remedy for this homesickness is to give my parents and friends a quick call on FaceTime or Skype – I can’t imagine what it would be like if I wasn’t able to see their smiling faces every week!

It’s especially tough for me to be away from my family during the holidays, when everyone comes together to celebrate. Knowing that so many of my family members are spending time together without me, eating a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and playing cards, is something that is difficult to accept. It definitely makes me feel disconnected from my relatives, and out of touch with what is going on in their lives. While I am always happy to hear that everyone is having a great time, I would be lying if I said I didn’t envy my sister and cousins who are able to come home for the holidays. However, I am extremely grateful to have access to amazing technology that allows me to see my relatives with the touch of a button. Within seconds of turning on FaceTime, I can see my mom’s face on the screen, and when she passes her phone around my grandparents’ living room, I am so thankful to be able to see my family and connect with everyone.

Overall, I am very thankful to be attending university in 2015, when technology is advanced enough to allow for my weekly FaceTime and Skype calls with family and friends. While this technology will obviously never be able to replace in-person interactions, it certainly helps to ease my homesickness when my family is so far away, making this special time of year that much more enjoyable. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Brittany is a Pearson Campus Ambassador and second-year student at McGill University, where she is currently studying Microbiology & Immunology. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and running.