Graduate Blog

Graduating from university changed my life


Graduating from university changed my life—as did my four years there. The friends I met there became some sort of rag tag family and we got into a lot of shenanigans that became memories I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. As graduation loomed and soon became a distant event, friends lost touch and we all moved in different directions across the country. Before I settled in the City of Angels, at least for the time being, I really found who was there for me and who was just stopping by. The year and some months after graduation, I went through a rough patch and reached out to friends from university. Some turned away. Some came to help.

Joining a sorority was one of those pivotal decisions during my university experience. These women slowly became so much more than comrades in my house—they truly did become sisters. One close call, and I realized that I had a family connected by more than blood.

Freshman year of university, I heavily restricted my diet and my eating. I was struggling with self worth, confidence and more.  I got help for it through a nutritionist and an on campus counselor. Throughout my experience, I had some lapses but always seemed to bounce back. Senior year, as some perverted circle, I had a relapse. Full blown restrictive eating, self conscious feelings, the works. And it took my sisters to bring it to my attention. They sat with me while I regained a relationship with food, while I gained my appetite back. They didn’t even have to tell me they were there for me—their actions proved it. These women made sure I was never alone.

For me, this realization defined my university experience. It made me realize that I really wasn’t alone—even with all the feelings of seclusion and remorse. University was a lot of turmoil and a lot of joy. Without either of these peaks in rollercoaster emotion, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am today. And the glue that held most of me together was my sorority. As cliché as that may sound, it’s true. I firmly believe the reason why university was so pivotal for me was because of the family I found and the friends I made there. Especially within my sorority. They held me together when I thought nobody else was there and they celebrated my achievements throughout the process as well.

University taught me so much more than what the classroom brought to the table. It taught me a way of life, a way of being, I hadn’t been privy to before. And I’m ever so thankful for it.


About the Author

Dana Dana

I’m Dana, 23 years young, graduated in May of 2012 and looking for a company I can succeed within. I love traveling, tea, coffee shops and adventures. You can usually find me filling out applications, volunteering at the local animal shelter (trying really hard not to take all of them home) or sustaining my avid tea affliction. Career wise, looking for a company in marketing, HR or international affairs but at the end of the day, I’m open to any new ideas as well.

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