...from GuidedPath Edge Guru

When did you last say Thank You?


“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 of saying thank you.”  Harvey Mackay

Edge Tip:

As you finish your senior year, take time to acknowledge the people who have made a difference in your life. These are the unsung heroes in your life.  If someone has touched your life in a meaningful way, acknowledge it with a card or note.  Many teachers, counselors, coaches and others in your life have been leading and guiding, and at times, pushing and prodding you to be the best person you could be.  Remember to take time to write a thank you card and let them know what a difference he/she has made in your life.  Here are the DO’s and DONT’S to saying “Thank you”.


  1.       Say “Thank You” the old fashioned way. Use a card or paper.
  2.       Write the note yourself. Print or write in cursive.
  3.       Make it personal. Use Dear …., with first or last name.
  4.       Write specifics. Be specific in your expression of gratitude. Tell why this person made a difference in your life.
  5.       Deliver it the old fashioned way. Deliver it yourself, put a stamp on it and mail it, or put in a teacher’s or counselor’s box.


  1.       Don’t wait too long.  Set yourself a deadline. Write your notes before graduation.
  2.       Don’t mix your message. Keep your message positive.
  3.       Don’t make it illegible.  Make sure it is neat and easily read.
  4.       Don’t leave someone out.  Think of all the people you can thank.
  5.       Don’t pass this off to someone else.  Don’t let your parent write these notes.  They should come from you.

Your teachers, counselors and others who have helped you through high school, rarely get a thank you from the students they served.  Make a difference in their life by remembering and acknowledging their contributions to your life.  It will make their day.

Your Edge:

Set a task for yourself to get your thank you cards completed.  Set a deadline for yourself.  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.