My life is not perfect, but for the first time in a long time I am feeling content. Yes I still have my issues, illnesses, and ailments, but I made a big decision to transfer schools and have no regrets. I was so unhappy at my previous institutions and today has just really validated my decision to come to New York and go to school at NYU. I love living in NYC so much because there is an exciting energy here and endless places to explore. I have already found one really close friend, which is more than I could say after spending a year and a half at William & Mary. I spent most of my day with this friend at the Met and then we went to this vegan restaurant for dinner. I had so much fun and the time passed so quickly. It was such a good day. Then I ended the day by FaceTiming my best friend who is studying abroad in Singapore currently. It was so great to catch up with her and I was so happy that both of us are living our best lives, do exciting things and becoming our adult selves.
A year ago, even only a few months ago, I was depressed and felt I had no way out. My story goes to show you have the power to change your situation for the better. A change of environment can make all the difference. Finding people you connect with and who support you is important. I have only been living in New York for about two weeks, but I already know I could probably live here the rest of my life and be content. This is honestly the best I have felt in such a long time. Depression has held me under water for much of my time in college and I am happy to be taking back my life. I am living in NYC, studying two topics I love, meeting cool people, going to fun places, eating good food, and I am so grateful to have these experiences.
Some people may frown upon transferring, but I see no reason to do so. I took my life into my own hands and made the right choice for me. We each only have one life on this planet and I am glad that I had the courage and support necessary for me to make this big life transition. I have learned so much about myself in the time I have spent in college and have figured out where I fit best. Now I can study hard and also enjoy New York and live the best life I can with my mental illnesses. A change of environment cannot erase the things I have to deal with, but they can make them more bearable. And I have found a renewed sense of motivation to recovery because I want to live again. Don’t loose faith because it may take a long time, but things can get better.