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Saying Thank You


It’s May 1!  Congratulations!!  Today is the deadline for college enrollment decisions and it also marks the end of the application process.  And although senior year is not quite over, at least you can feel relaxed in knowing where you will be in the fall.     

As you wind down in your last few weeks of senior year, take time to acknowledge the people who have made a difference in your life with a card or note.  Often these people are unsung heroes.  Many teachers, counselors, coaches and others have been leading and guiding, and at times, pushing and prodding you to be your best.  Let them know the impact they have made.  Here are the top DO’s for saying “Thank you”. 


  1. Say “Thank You” the oldfashioned way.  Use a card or paper. 
  2. Handwrite the note yourself.  Make sure it is neat and easily read.  Don’t let your parent write these notes.  They should come from you. 
  3. Make it personal.  Use Dear …., with first or last name. 
  4. Be specific in your expression of gratitude.  Tell this person how they made a difference in your life. 
  5. Deliver it yourself, the oldfashioned way.  Put a stamp on it and mail it, or put in a teacher’s or counselor’s box.  
  6. Set a deadline and write your notes before graduation. 
  7. Think of all the people you can thank.  Don’t leave someone out.  

Your teachers, counselors and others who have helped you through high school, rarely get a thank you from the students they served.  Make their day by remembering and acknowledging their contributions.  

“None of us got to where we are alone.  Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance saying thank you.”  Harvey Mackay 

Take Action 

Create a task and deadline for yourself to get your thankyou cards completed.  Use your Letters of Recommendation or Course Plan (in Surveys) to review all your teachers, counselors and community people who might need a personalized thank you. 

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