25 Oct

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

-Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free



Throughout my life I thought that I have experienced stress that was until I went to college. I always lived a life where I got 8 hours of sleep everyday, I ate my meals on time, and I was very organized when I did my work. I was always home at an early time in order for me to relax and do the things that I wanted to do. My parents never let me out on school nights to go to parties or hangout with friends.


I Love/Hate College

Once I got to college I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I knew the work would be difficult and I prepared for that, what I didn’t prepare for was my social life. I didn’t realize that once I was in college I would always be invited to hang out with my friends or go to parties. I wasn’t prepared to always go out. As my social life began to rise my academic life began to go down. If only I can go back in time I would focus more on my studies rather than hang out with friends.  I started becoming stressed with school and overwhelmed with my homework. Since I was so stressed out about school and such it showed while I would take my tests. I would study all throughout the week and still fail my test.


The Sickness

I realized once I got stressed out from college, I started losing sleep which in turn made my skin break out, then I would gain weight from lack of proper diet and nutrition, (also the fact that I’m living on my own and I have to find out how to get dinner some nights, which I then turn to fast food restaurants around my dorm). I didn’t realize what college stress was doing to me until I started getting sick. I woke up suddenly with a horrible cough and my temperature began to rise. Thankfully my brother who is a doctor came to my rescue and brought me oranges for vitamin C and medicine for my cough and fever. He then told me to get lots of rest and just take a moment to relax. But I couldn’t relax, I had a huge load of work I had to finish and I had to study for my last couple of tests. But as the days go on, I can feel my immune system shutting down little by little. I basically turned into a zombie and for a while there is nothing I could really do about it.


The Cure

Now that sembreak is starting I’m going to try to go back to my original lifestyle where I got 8 hours of sleep a night. We learned in class in order for our bodies to maintain equilibrium we should sleep at least 8 hours a night. I also want to start drinking more water and having a better diet because fast food is not a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Being in this September intake made me more prepared for the next semester, which is to come. By this time around I will try to be more organized and try to go with the flow. I learned that you should try to go with the flow more often than not because when you’re stressed out parts of your memory would be cloudier than when you are stressed.  All in all this semester was a good experience because I now know how to manage my time wisely.

-Yvette Belleza


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