Today I’m featuring my first A-Z Challenge guest blogger. Welcome Amy from The Kaleidoscoper!
I will graduate from college in one short month.
As I reflect on the past five years, I realize that they easily represent the most difficult time of my life. My parents got divorced. I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder sophomore year and experienced three mixed episodes within the next year and a half, all of which resulted in stays at psychiatric hospitals. I left the Christian faith, which was hard on me because it meant losing friends and basically having to redefine myself. I discovered that I am bisexual. All of this of course excludes obvious aspects of college, such as schoolwork and having a social life.
College has been trying, but I am thankful for the hardships. Without them, I would not be the inspired, insightful individual I am today. (Yes, I had to be obnoxious and utilize three words that begin with I).
College inspired me. The relationships I established the past several years changed me for the better. My professors taught me the importance of opening your mind and thinking critically, while my friends taught me the importance of loyalty and laughter.
College gave me insight into myself and stretched me in ways that other life experiences cannot. I know that I am strong and can overcome anything because of my college experiences.
Most importantly, college made me an individual. The diversity that surrounded me opened my eyes to the person I am and want to become. College caused me to realize that I truly am unique and should embrace it fully.
College means different things for different people. Some people merely perceive college as a way to get a good job – funny story about that – while others, like myself, reflect on college as more so a time for personal growth. I do not believe everyone should attend college, but I am thankful I did. I look back on the past five years with fondness, recognizing that while they were the most challenging years of my life, they were also the most rewarding.
This post is part of my April A to Z Challenge. For more All Things College posts, click here.