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The Letter That Led to My Acceptance Into Bridgewater State University

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THROUGH MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD "YOU CAN'T". I HAVE HEARD THIS FROMPEERS, TEACHERS, DOCTORS AND MY SCHOOL BULLIES. GROWING UP I WAS SELF CONSCIOUS, I FELT ALONE AS I CRIED IN THE BATHROOM STALL BECAUSE THE GIRL IN MY CHOIR CLASS CALLED ME "THAT FAT GIRL". I FELT ALONE IN THE WORLD WHEN MY FATHER SENT ME AWAY FOR 3 MONTHS, WHEN I WAS IN 5TH GRADE. HE SENT ME AWAY TO A HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIORAL ISSUES. THEY NEVER REALIZED THAT I JUST MISSED MY MOTHER, THAT I ONLY WANTED TO BE WITH HER AND THAT I FELT ALONE. I HAVE SPENT MY LIFE GROWING AS A PERSON, THROUGH BEING LET DOWN AND LEFT ALONE, BEING SENT OFF OR BULLIED; I WAS MOLDED INTO ME. I AM A STRONG, BRAVE AND INSPIRED WOMAN WITH MANY PASSIONS AND GOALS. I AM DETERMINED TO MAKE SOMETHING OF MYSELF UNLIKE THOSE BEFORE ME. I AM THE FIRST ONE IN MY FAMILY TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL; HAVING A 2.8 GPA MADE ME SO PROUD. I WAS THE ONLY ONE IN MY FAMILY TO HAVE A POEM PUBLISHED, TO WIN A YOUNG AUTHORS AWARD, AND A MOST CIVIC MINDED STUDENT AWARD.

I WAS THE ONLY ONE IN MY FAMILY WHO FOLLOWED HER DREAMS, WINNING VARIOUS METALS FOR DANCE, MUSIC AND ART. I AM THE FIRST ONE IN MY FAMILY TO MAKE THE INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, WHICH I DID JUST THIS PAST YEAR. I FEEL ACCOMPLISHED TO BE A PART OF DELTA EPSILON TAU FOR MY 4.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND MAKING THE DEANS LIST. I FEEL THAT THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IS ONE THAT TAKES A LIFETIME TO GROW INTO, TO REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU CAN LEARN. I HAVE BEEN HONORED WITH A PLACE IN THE GOSPEL CHOIR, I ESTABLISHED THE DRAMA CLUB AT MY COLLEGE, I HAVE ALSO BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE SPANISH CLUB FOR TWO YEARS, AND THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL. IN HIGH SCHOOL I TOOK A GREAT INTEREST AS WELL BEING PART OF THE YOUNG EDUCATORS OF AMERICA, YEARBOOK, DANCE TEAM, COLOR GUARD AND CHOIR. I FEEL THAT ALL OF THESE GREAT IDEAS THAT I WAS INVOLVED IN, ALL OF THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS HELPED ME TO COPE. I HAVE HAD A NOT SO EASY TIME JUST GROWING UP, AND BECOMING AN ADULT. I HAVE LOST MANY OF THOSE THAT I LOVED, INCLUDING AN AMAZING GRANDFATHER JUST THIS YEAR IN JULY. I KNOW THAT FOR ME; NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING OR GOING ON IN THE WORLD THAT EDUCATION IS ONE THING THAT I WILL ALWAYS HAVE. MY EDUCATION IS THE ONLY CONSTANT PIECE IN MY LIFE, THAT HOLDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER.

WITH EVERY GOOD THING THAT HAPPENED SOMETIMES IT FELT AS IF 100 BAD THINGS CAME FROM THEM TOO. I CAN LIST OFF ALL OF THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDIES THAT FELL INTO MY LIFE FOR THE PAST 24 YEARS. I CAN EXPLAIN THE CHILD ABUSE, THE HOUSE FIRE, THE ABANDONMENT, THE DISTANT FATHER, ABUSE AS AN ADULT, AND FEELING SO WORTHLESS I WANTED TO GIVE UP. I CAN WRITE A LONG LIST OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY LIFE, THAT I HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME. I FEEL THAT THIS WOULD BE AN EASY WAY FOR YOU TO SEE WHO I AM, AND WHY I WOULD MAKE A FIT CANDIDATE. TO SHOW YOU THAT I AM A FIGHTER, THAT I AM RESPONSIBLE AND THAT I WORK HARDER THAN ANYONE ELSE I KNOW. I ALSO FEEL THAT IF WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING INTO THE PAST, WE CAN NEVER PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. SO INSTEAD LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I PRAY FOR, BECAUSE AS THEY SAY "IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH, TELL HIM YOUR PLANS". BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION THAT PLACES TINY BUTTERFLIES INTO MY STOMACH. IT IS A PLACE THAT MOLDS A WIDE SMILE ON MY FACE, AND LIGHTS ME UP BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. IT IS A PLACE THAT I FEEL THAT I CAN DREAM, THAT I CAN BE MYSELF AND THAT I CAN LEARN FROM THOSE WITHIN ITS WALLS. I WANT TO BE A WRITER, A JOURNALIST TO TELL THE WORLD MY THOUGHTS AND MY INSPIRATIONS. I HAVE STARTED THIS JOURNEY WITH A BLOG THAT I TEND TO WEEKLY. I HAVE ALSO STARTED IT WITH WRITING A NOVEL, THAT I PLAN TO FINISH WITHIN THE NEXT 5 YEARS. I WANT TO HAVE A SECOND MAJOR IN NUTRITION, BECAUSE IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART.

ABOUT TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO I WAS 200 POUNDS. I USE TO SWEAT WHEN I WOULD WALK UP THE STAIRS OR DOWN THE STREET, OUT OF BREATH AND EMBARRASSED. IT WAS NOT UNTIL I MOVED IN WITH EXTENDED FAMILY THAT I TOOK CONTROL OF MY HEALTH. I DROPPED 25 POUNDS IN A MONTH AND A HALF WITH LITTLE EXERCISE AND A LOT OF HEALTHY EATING. I DROPPED ANOTHER 10 POUNDS WITH A WORKOUT CALLED "INSANITY", WHICH I COMPLETED EVEN THOUGH IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. I LOST MY LAST 5 POUNDS WITH AN ONLINE WORKOUT CALLED "BLOGILATES", AND I AM NOW 165 POUNDS. THROUGH THIS 2.5 YEAR JOURNEY OF BEING CALLED "FAT" AND "USELESS" I GAINED CONFIDENCE, AND LOST MY EXTRA BAGGAGE. I AM NOW PROUD TO TELL STRANGERS WHAT I WEIGH, GIVING THEM ADVICE WHEN ASKED MAKES ME HAPPY. I HAVE ALSO STARTED A NEW JOURNEY OF BEING GLUTEN-FREE, BECAUSE OF A HYPOTHYROID I HAVE AS WELL AS BEING GLUTEN SENSITIVE. FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOUR BODY IS IMPORTANT, AND KNOWING YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL NO MATTER WHAT; IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO TELL EVERY SINGLE GIRL EVERY DAY. I HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO HAVE A MINOR IN LANGUAGE, BECAUSE I LOVE DIVERSITY AND CULTURE. I WANT TO MINOR IN FRENCH, THOUGH MANY HAVE TOLD ME TO LEARN SPANISH INSTEAD. I FEEL THAT FRENCH IS A FORGOTTEN LANGUAGE, A LANGUAGE OF ROMANCE AND OF LOVE.

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT FRANCE EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NEVER BEEN. THROUGH MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE I PLAN ON STUDYING ABROAD, AS I KNOW YOUR INSTITUTION OFFERS. I WANT TO STUDY IN PARIS EVEN IF FOR TWO WEEKS, TO SOAK IN THE LANGUAGE, THE CULTURE, THE FOOD AND EVERYTHING THAT MAKES IT MAGICAL. BESIDES HAVING TWO MAJORS AND ONE MINOR I ALSO WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE UNIVERSITY. I HAVE NOTICED THAT LIKE MYSELF YOUR SCHOOL LOVES THE ACT OF VOLUNTEERING. YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP THOSE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS OUR COUNTRY. I FEEL THAT EVEN IF IT IS BAKING BREAD FOR A FIRE HOUSE, OR BRINGING BOOKS TO A SHELTER THAT SHARING LOVE IS IMPORTANT. THAT REALLY IS WHAT VOLUNTEERING IS ABOUT, SHARING THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS, ONTO OTHERS WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT THEY ARE IN FACT LOVED. BEING ACCEPTED INTO YOUR UNIVERSITY WOULD NOT ONLY MAKE ME PROUD BUT IT WOULD MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE. I THINK ABOUT RECEIVING THAT ACCEPTANCE LETTER, AND ALREADY IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY. I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT NOT ONLY EDUCATION BUT ABOUT LIFE, AND THE PEOPLE ON THIS AMAZING PLANET. I FEEL THAT HAVING AN EDUCATION AND EXPANDING MY KNOWLEDGE WOULD BETTER PREPARE ME TO HELP OTHERS, AND CHANGE THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS MY OWN.