The title says it all: be sure to thank your parents for everything they've done.
College is a time of independence. It is that point in your life where you are "leaving the nest" and moving out into the real world. I'm sure a lot of us were the ones who couldn't wait to get out of the house and leave the parental units. I know I was! But it did not really occur to me until recently how much I had actually learned from them. I have seen many people already completely wasted and blacking out and finding themselves on the beach the next morning, people getting arrested for stupid acts, and even people having to go the hospital to get their stomach pumped! I look at these people with amazement. I feel a little bit sorry for them, but moreover it makes me thankful that my parents raised me to be the person I am now.
It's true, we have all fought with our parents, said things we did not mean, do things we regretted later, but when you look at the big picture, it was these experiences and learning from your mistakes that helped shape you to be the person you are today. And who helped us every step of the way? Our parents.
So if you have not already, thank your parents. They might not be perfect, but they sure as hell helped get you to where you are today, especially since we are the fortunate ones to have been able to go to college and get into this university.
Thanks Kevin Pham for the inspiration to write this.