Not Everyone Enjoys Freshman Year of College
Start writing a post
Health Wellness

Not Everyone Enjoys Freshman Year of College

Severely homesick, I spent most days avoiding the Oregon rainfall in my closet of a dorm; my once active body had become accustomed to stillness for I only separated from my mattress to attend lectures.

286
Not Everyone Enjoys Freshman Year of College

When I looked at my reflection, I came to the conclusion that my mirror was being dishonest. It was a lie, I would never let myself get to such a weight.

Yet, there I stood with an invisible jawline, thighs decorated with stretch marks, a stomach with more rolls than rock, and a massive bum.

I felt disgusting.

Severely homesick, I spent most days avoiding the Oregon rainfall in my closet of a dorm. My once active body had become accustomed to stillness for I only separated from my mattress to attend lectures. Oregon was beautiful like I knew it would be, but the sky was always cloudy and I was forced to go weeks without seeing the sun. I soon learned to cry with the sky. I ached to be home in California.

I spent nights consuming copious amounts of sugar trying to taste the sweetness that was absent in my life. My body was paying for my cowardice.

Somewhere in the last month, I had lost who I was.

In the following weeks, I decided that the girl I was deserved a happy ending and I became determined to write it for her. I researched numerous diets and settled on paleo. Next, I unglued myself from my bed. I put myself on a sleep schedule. I was in bed by nine o'clock and up by 5 A.M., so I could spend an hour at the gym before my morning classes. I focused my full attention on school. I found keeping my nose in a book helped me to escape my depression. I set goals for myself and they gave me purpose.

By the time I stepped off the plane onto California soil, I had lost ten pounds, earned straight As, received a cash reward for my poetry, and was finally feeling like myself again.

The shift from high school to college wasn't easy, but I have found it is better not to let the negatives, no matter how great, control your present and future.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

77365
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

47769
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

978031
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments