“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
Once again, I find myself figuring out a way to bounce back from obstacles and make new plans for my life. Sometimes, even often, I’m over-optimistic with my ambitions. This has driven me to some successes, however, it also means that when I shoot too high, I fall down to reality hard. I love my program here at Waterloo, and the people I have met, with all my heart. However, despite the vastly improved quality of life that I have gained with my feeding tube, I still require support and accommodations beyond what this place and it’s wonderful people can provide, and, as a result, I have struggled immensely academically. In order to prioritize my mental health and academic success, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to make the move back to Ottawa, and have applied to study Computer Science at Carleton University. While I recognize that this does not represent the end of my struggles, I hope that the increased support available to me in Ottawa will provide me with some relief and allow me to fulfill my academic potential to a higher degree. Jumping into the unknown once again is incredibly scary and stressful, yet I find hope in the possibilities.
Here’s to new beginnings.