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Quarter Life Crisis

February 5, 2013   

I do not know where to really begin on things, but I guess re-entry on the Hamilton campus after a semester in Washington, D.C., has been more challenging than I might have anticipated. There have been mornings when I have woken up feeling less focused than I would like to be and days in which my pacing seems off. Could I be going through a phenomenon known as the quarter life crisis? With all this being said, I am trying new things as I work to get through this temporary phase of feeling a bit empty and off course.

Last night I went to a yoga club session held on the third floor chapel. This was the first meeting of this group that I have ever gone to during my Hamilton career. The session helped me take my mind off things and focus on myself. I left the class feeling physically great and happier. I am going to make an effort to go at least twice a week.

Other things I have been doing include writing in my personal journal more. I started the New Year by writing more as a means for self-expression and as a way to keep track of my emotions. It has been helping a lot just to take a moment and write about anything.

For meals, I have been trying to eat healthier so that my emotional crisis will not compromise my physical health. The last thing I want to do is eat emotionally —  ice cream for dinner — hahaha. I have eaten so much salad in the past few days, but tonight I splurged and indulged on McEwen Dining Hall’s Nutella crepes — needless to say, it was amazing.  

The Hamilton administration and my network have been very willing to help me through my tough times. My professors have been very understanding, and my advisors have been giving me advice that has largely helped me get through my day. My friends on campus have been extremely supportive and are helping me through these tough times. I am in a caring environment and in the end, I know I will get through this with the support I need from various sources.

Before I started college, I wish someone told me it was not going to be all rainbows and butterflies. However, it is these down times that make it the best four years of your life. You come to realize what you are grateful for, and one of those things on my list is absolutely Hamilton.

These tough times have helped me realize what is actually important at the end of the day: "it goes on."