Personal Narrative: A Life Changing Situation
The day had finally come, my most awaited day. I was moments away from walking to the podium and receive my diploma. It was a moment like no other. I have never understood why I was so excited. Was everybody else receiving their diploma as thrilled as I was? As I waited in the queue, images and thoughts swirled rapidly captivating my mind. I was simply in a trance. I was recounting the many days and sleepless nights I spent studying for me to reach this moment of my life (Birch 17). All the time turned around and gazed at the crowd; I beamed with satisfaction. Getting my diploma was my principle milestone in my journey to find my destiny.
I entered Denver, Colorado. It was so many years since I came this place. Riding down the numerous highways that led to Boulder, Colorado, I gaped at the airstrip, landscapes and mountains. I finally reached and checked into my university room. It was a small room with a bed and a wall-fitted closet. My bed was the normal platform beds that are attached with some drawers underneath them. The room was comfy. I was now ready to take the challenge of college education by its horns, and I was resolute to subjugate.
In spite of this new achievement that I had recently received, my goals in life were now shifted to a whole new level. Another tough milestone came down on me harder than the previous one. Everyday awaking morning for weeks into the semester. I always became very exhausted. I eventually developed a severe cold; I had not been used to the current weather conditions since I was a young boy. Nonetheless, I became so exhausted that I no longer wanted to get out of my bed. The feeling was very unusual and foreign to my normal self. Nevertheless, I brushed it off and continued with my class programs as expected of me. As days went by, the unusual fatigue kept crawling back to my body system. I was becoming less focused with my studies. In fact, I had become totally incapable of concentrating in class since I was also experiencing intermittent and rapid memory losses. In most cases, I would become very feeble while walking round the campus, and was easily drifting off to sleep without any major cause. I had become a stranger to my own self; I lost control or power to manage myself.
At that time, November was approaching, I went back home for a thanksgiving ceremony. I took it to myself to go and have a chat with the clinician so as to find out the cause of my problem. After doing several tests on me, the clinician was astonished by the results of blood tests. She told me that I had a severe type of an anaemic condition because of the fact that it could be traced back to our extended families’ history of sickle cell from my mother’s side. The clinician told me that, had I waited for any longer it would have ended up leading to a blood transfusion. I was very excited to hear that it was traceable and treatable within few months of medication; it made me give a deep sigh of relief. Nonetheless, the most saddening news was that I was prescribed Ferrous Sulphate that I would be taking for a so many years even after the condition gets better. After this encounter with a threat to my healthy living, I headed back to the college to try and resurrect my already damaged grades due to the sudden sickness.
Consequently, the semester was quickly coming to a close, with only two weeks left. I was facing an outright academic probation that would make me achieve my goals. I badly wanted to switch to the college of business. The good thing was that my health had started to improve significantly, and with it came a valuable lesson. My mind was focused on shifting to another cause due to indecisiveness. I had set unrealistic goals that would have not rhymed with my ambitions. I was too adamant on the issue of good performance more than I had done back in high school with the aim of appearing in the Dean’s list of best academic performers all in one semester. However, all these plans, combined with my health conditions crashed and burned my grades for that semester. This was one of the most heart-breaking events that occurred in my life with regard academic life. I consider these unpleasant situations a dear part since it greatly changed the course of my life.
I realised that, the poor health conditions and unpleasant granges led to a sudden change in my character, and a wakeup call that I needed so much. It made me to drastically change the way I perceived things; I changed my mind-set. I started setting up realistic goals, established a new kind of love, keenness and a great passion in my studies and education at large. I created a plan on how I am going to improve on my grades. It was interesting how my efforts started to pay off so soon; my grades began to improve, and I developed an exhilarating desire to learn new things. I realised what was now most important in my life and, although, at times, my performance may fluctuate; I still hold onto my dream of performing better in college. I want to learn and improve my knowledge on this field of literature since it is that which satisfies me academically.
As I look back on the long journey that I have gone through to reach where I am, I feel that all the hurdles that were on my way were somehow necessary for making me a better person. Moreover, the culture that I was brought up in cannot be taken for granted; it has largely contributed to me being more relentless in striving to achieve my aspirations. It is a culture that holds in high regard aspects such as hard work, devotion to my education and also adherence to religious morals. Looking back to the event that followed me after joining college, I feel that, they were pivotal in changing the course of my life (West 122). It is funny how a misfortune may at times become a blessing in disguise, because, I do not know whether the failure that I experienced during my sickness would have moulded me into the focused student I am today. In addition, I was able to take caution about any issue that may be affecting my health.
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