Life’s Ups and Downs

Sandra Lim English 101 Assignment 6 10/29/11 Assignment 6 Personal Narrative Essay In life, when is there one time that things have not gone the way that it should have? “Love” and “Life” will pass you by and bring forth joy and disappointment but I believe that with determination and courage, everything in time will be solved and life will go on as it it should. This is a personal experience that I have gone through. When I first dreamt of going away to America to go to school, I was terrified. I knew that my parents were letting their baby girl go. I was determined to do more for myself and begin my life as an adult.

At first, school was good. I picked my classes and settled into my dormitory. Just short of 3months, things didn’t seem to be as I expected them to be. Life was stressful and classes piled up one by one. I felt like I was drowning. As I was on my own, and the friends that I had made were far to busy to bother with me; it was not easy to cope with all this stress. Not a bone in my body was functioning but I did not want to give up. After much coaxing and struggling with my inner fears, I decided that I had to go to fix this situation fast. I signed up for tutoring and counseling.

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However at this time of getting used to be a college student, another problem naturally came up. Love life was never a problem nor existent in my life before so when this reality came knocking at my door, I had no idea what to do. I had never been in a serious relationship before coming to America so I was not prepared for what was ahead. Meeting boys was hard but I was set on dating and being in a loving relationship. How wrong was I. My life which was not getting any better, took a turn for the worse. The boy I thought that i was going to spend the rest of my life with turned out to be my worst nightmare and I nded up getting my heart broken. From time to time the thought of giving up everything flashed before my eyes, but knowing that sacrificing school over a guy was unwise. In the end I broke off things with the guy and returned attention back to the books. Even after time past and my attention turned back to studying, no matter how much I tried to escape into the great knowledge of the books in front of me, depression and peer pressure caught up to me. That was the worse part of all this ordeal. Never in my life had I ever had to feel so much pressure all at once, and one day I just broke down.

That’s when i knew that depression had kicked in when I least expected it. No one to talk to, no one to share sorrows with, I turned to the next best thing I thought of; drinking. Being surrounded by students who went drinking on the weekends and gave up studying for a great night of being crazy, I wanted to be a part of that crowd. That was one of the dreadful quirks of peer pressure. Deciding to drink a couple of drinks had its advantages but the disadvantage was getting up with a hangover and missing class. All of this just happened in the span of a year and a half, and life flashed before my eyes time and time again.

I knew that no matter what it took, I had to get over this downward spiral my life was on and buck up. By the end of the semester, I gave up hanging out with people, kept myself buried with books at home and went to counseling 3 times every 2 weeks. Finding the determination that I had deep inside and wanting to have a better life, I overcame the greatest block in my life and from that day on, I have changed to be a better person and my road to success has been on the right path. Looking back I know that I made the right decisions.