Growing Pains
Start writing a post
Student Life

Growing Pains

For the struggling college student.

Growing Pains

I wish someone had told me,

As I filled out applications,

A hope for salvation,

Of my twisted up soul.

That the promise of rebirth,

Uplifted by thrown caps,

And black gowns,

And one white dress.

Would not explode

All at once--

There was no enlightenment

To be found...

In communal showers,

And late hours,

Wondering when

I would start feeling


Everyday walking past

The same unnamed faces.

Sucking foreign air into

My suffocated lungs;

Over, and over,

Hoping it may stop

Feeling. So. foreign.

I wish someone had told me,

That for every good moment

There would be three bad ones,

And that there would still be

Days when I was consumed

By loneliness.

I wish someone had told me,

That my revival would not be

Found on Friday nights,

Tucked away, inside

Myself, too anxious to


But more than anything…

I wish someone had told me,

That I would not find myself

In those happy moments,

But only in the aftermath

Of all the bad ones.

And that there is a

Reason why the phrase

“Growing pains”

Includes the word


We only grow

In response to

Our trials.

We see that we

Are still here,

And so we keep


So don’t be afraid

Of the pain,

It just means

you are


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

How I Celebrate Valentine's Day

Every person, every couple celebrates Valentines in different ways, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

How I Celebrate Valentine's Day

Ah, Valentines Day, a day of excitement for some and heart break for many. There are three kinds of people on Valentine's Day: the ones who make it a big deal, a little deal, and those who are single, but Valentine's Day can be fun for anyone if you have the right spirit in mind.

Keep Reading... Show less
Warner Bros. Television

1. You don't have to feel guilty about flirting with customers for tips (or just for shits and giggles).

2. You can be obnoxiously flirtatious with anyone you want. You are free to be that girl that flirts with everybody and makes 'em all smile (it's especially fun when the guy is as cute as Collin Jost). No shame.

3. Making random men nervous with your superior beauty and intense eye contact just for the hell of it is really amusing and empowering.

4. No one gives two poops if ya legs are hairy (your man shouldn't either but *Kermit the Frog meme* That's none of my business)

Keep Reading... Show less

Black History Month? Try Black History Year

What does Black History Month mean to you?


African Americans have done so much and will forever be remembered for their accomplishments. In my opinion, there is no such thing as Black History Month. All year, we should celebrate the amazing poetry, music, inventions, and accomplishments that has surfaced over the last 100 years. Let's take a look...

Keep Reading... Show less

A TikTok Ban? Nope, That's Not Happening

We've seen this movie before with the popular social media app.


Here we go again. There's a groundswell of support to ban TikTok in the United States.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Check out what's trending on Odyssey!

writing on a page with a hand holding a pen as if the person is beginning to write something

Looking for some inspiration to kick off your Monday? Check out these articles by our talented team of response writers! From poetry to tips for manifesting your dream life, there's something for everyone.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments