Now is the time of year when it becomes real.
Midterms, papers, and presentations. Law school applications due at the end of the month which means personal statement writing, LSAT prepping, stressing about assignments, and lots and lots of tears. Each year I think to myself this is the most stressed I have ever been, I will never endure stress like this again. Yet without fail, every year becomes more stressful.
And each year, I beat myself up for being stressed – which ironically only makes it worse. But when I get my head out of the clouds (or nose out of the books) I realize this is normal. This is okay. Everybody gets stressed and overwhelmed, everyone has fears and anxieties about both the present and the future. Undergrad is a time full of uncertainty and questions, a time of change and challenge.
But knowing that my peers and friends are going through similar experiences and can relate, knowing that I have a source to turn to and vent or rant or cry is comforting. It isn’t always easy opening up about my fears and anxieties, but lifting it off of my shoulders and relying on my support network is absolutely worth it.
I’m not alone, and that gives me peace.