37 Things For Which College Students, and Others, Are Thankful

Here is my list of things college students (or anyone) can be thankful for… essentially my revisions to a list issued by The Odyssey on what ‘all’ college students are thankful for this season:    

  1. Any day class and/or work is cancelled.
  2. No alarms, i.e. sleeping in on days ‘off’.
  3. No line at Starbucks / Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
  4. Game Day. (Most especially when you have tickets.)
  5. Any and all victories.
  6. Drink specials. Period.
  7. Restaurants that deliver and/or have a drive-thru.
  8. Receiving gift cards.
  9. Sunday brunches with Mimosas (or other tasty drinks).
  10. Netflix.
  11. Scented candles.
  12. The over-achiever in your group project.
  13. Naps.
  14. Fat Sal’s. (Non-chain, original eateries.)
  15. Your Tempur-Pedic / Memory Foam mattress topper.
  16. Burritos.
  17. Live theatre.
  18. Live musical theatre.
  19. Professors that round up. Bosses that cut you slack.
  20. Pizza.
  21. Majoring in, or working in, a field that you enjoy!
  22. Extensions on papers and projects.
  23. Sweatpants (or yoga pants).
  24. Fun, easy classes. Fun, easy work projects.
  25. Red Solo cups. The blue ones just really aren’t the same.
  26. Swiffer. The easiest form of clean up.
  27. Snapchat.
  28. The perfect emoji to describe your current emotion.
  29. Social media in general. (Both a blessing and a curse.)
  30. Anything that you add water to and microwave.
  31. Big sweatshirts and sweatpants.
  32. Whenever there’s a chance to hit snooze. Repeatedly.
  33. Unexpectedly fun nights out with friends.
  34. Chick-fil-A, in general. Great lemonade.
  35. Getting a break for Thanksgiving.
  36. Going home to your family.
  37. Having time to hang with friends.

Regardless of the time of year, we can be thankful for these things every day.


Return on Investment as a Metric for Grant Writers

This is about ROI regarding hiring a grant writer (grant seeking), verses ROI of the actual project (grant management).

Grant Results

Return on investment (ROI) is a useful metric for tracking productivity in grant seeking. Unlike some others, it takes the perspective of those who pay for grant writing services rather than of those who provide them. Its calculation should cover the costs of a grant writer’s activities that precede a grant award notification. Among such costs are prospecting, planning, researching, writing, and publishing – but not managing or evaluating or reporting. The latter are among the costs of having a grant and keeping it, rather than those of seeking one.

Multi-Year Grants

Some grant awards yield multi-year funding. Often they require multi-year budgets at the time of initial application. In such cases, if only one proposal will secure a multi-year grant, then I’d count the entire approved budget toward ROI in the year it was first funded. If a multi-year grant will require a separate proposal each year, then I’d…

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