I am officially a college graduate.
With an Associate’s degree, that is. Can I just say, college has been such an incredible experience so far, and I couldn’t be more proud of my decision to attend community college for the first 2 years. My time at CC has shaped me as a human being in ways that I never imagined possible.
It hasn’t all been pretty. My eating disorder surfaced during my freshman year; obviously that sucked. The Summer between my two years was a major turning point, taking me all the way to Chi-city and back. But I didn’t come back to the same place I left. Things changed…or I changed.
Upon my return to KY, I didn’t pick up where I left off. I had already shed my skin, and while I might’ve been returning to my previous location, there was no going back to the mundane life I left behind. My sophomore year was hands down THEE best year of my life thus far (yes, that includes the year of the rambunctious 5 year old).
Recovery has given me so much. I experienced what I call a “spiritual rebirth” which has totally changed my life. I have made friends not only with myself, but with so many wonderful people! I overcame stage fright. I still can’t believe how craze-amazing being in Higher Ground was. And most importantly, I did it.
If I’m being honest here, I almost dropped out multiple times. There were days I didn’t think I could do it. (Fun fact: there was even a brief period where I seriously considered joining the Navy or Air Force…and sometimes I still wonder where I’d be now had I chose that route.) Balancing ED recovery and college and a job can be super hectic! It took a lot of determination and YouTube motivational speeches to get here. Walking across that stage last weekend made me realize just how much I have accomplished, academically and otherwise.
I couldn’t have done it without God leading me every step of the way; my boast is in His name alone. I am proud of how far I have come. And I am far from finished!