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ladolcevita_xox [userpic]
by ladolcevita_xox (ladolcevita_xox)
at November 7th, 2010 (04:24 pm)

It'd be greatly appreciated if someone would help edit this..

Throughout my life, I’ve had to deal with a common but challenging condition. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder during my freshman year of high school but I had been suffering from it long before that. For as long as I can remember, I would get horrible stomach aches frequently for no reason. It wasn’t until this past year that I really learned to overcome it.
Living a normal teenage life became literally impossible for me. I was too afraid to sleepover at friends houses, go to the movie theater or even sit inside a classroom. I would have panic attacks often and would feel embarrassed and insecure because people couldn’t understand why I was crying and shaking. They thought I was doing it for no reason I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and neither could anyone else. My parents would punish me for feeling sick all the time because they thought that all I wanted was attention. They had it all wrong though, all I wanted was to be understood. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that my dad finally figured it out. I was diagnosed promptly and suggested to a biofeedback therapist. I continued therapy through my sophomore year of high school but had to stop due to family issues.
The middle of junior year was my breaking point. I decided that I was no longer going to let anxiety control my life. I pushed through attacks everyday instead of running from them. The nausea began to come less frequently. My life was progressively getting better. I could have sleepovers with friends and go to the movies without feeling like I was going to get sick. My grades started to rise and I started to become an overall happier person. Now, I rarely ever get attacks. The minute I feel one coming on, I take a deep breath and tell myself that I’m not going to let it control me.
I had always had attacks and in my early teen years, I couldn’t see a life without them. Overcoming anxiety has been one of the toughest challenges that I have ever had to face. To this day, some people don’t understand the hardships that having anxiety come with. I’ve met other people who have anxiety as well. I try to help them get through it and use myself as an example that you can overcome it. I want to help as many people as I can because I wish I had someone to hold my hand and walk me through it when I was struggling. Before I could never share my experiences with people because I was ashamed. Now I feel like the more people I tell, the more people I am helping. The main reason that I am proud of accomplishing my anxiety because I am an example of what others with this disorder think is impossible.

life IS static [userpic]
by life IS static (lifeisstatic)
at August 27th, 2010 (07:08 pm)

Hello everyone! I am Victoria, a 29 year old mother of 3 who just started taking classes at the local community college. It has been 10 years since I have been in school and it is scary! My math classes are pretty easy because I didn't place too high but my English is outstanding. I placed in the honors class but I decided to just take 101 my first semester. It's been a long time and I want to ease myself into this.
My dilemma is I have a paper due sept 9th. It's not hard I just don't care for the topic. "In my life food represents ____." I know what they are getting at but you don't get 1.5 pages from "Food is family and good times". How do I add to that? What are some things food represents to you? Does anyone know of any other resources that help with paper ideas?

Hope this is okay. It's my first time posting and I don't know how else to poll random strangers on their thoughts on food.

Lily [userpic]
Fear Less
by Lily (bushisanassface)
at August 30th, 2008 (09:42 pm)

This is something that I just wrote, and that I would greatly appreciate any thoughts/feedback on. Thank you.

Years ago, I was out to dinner with my dads one night after swim team practice (I must have been in third or forth grade,) and I saw one of those “Go Card” postcard advertisements that are often set out in cases at the doors to different businesses that caught my eye. The card read FEAR LESS in bold pink block letters. The slogan struck me and so I grabbed the card, and even today it’s obtrusive letters still pronounce their assertion from a place on one of the walls of my room.

When I heard about the international cello festival in Israel this past fall, I knew instantly that it was something I wanted to do. It would be an amazing opportunity, both to improve upon my cello playing abilities and to see a part of the world I’d never seen before. It was a chance to experience something I hadn’t experienced, to work on being able to understand and appreciate different people, ideas, cultures. For me, understanding new things is to fear less of the world, and this was an exceptional and unparalleled chance to do it. Although the idea of the trip was scary for me for numerous reasons, all were shades and variations of my fear of something I did not know or understand, and a fear I wanted to work on erasing.
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Up for ideas?
by Melissa (lissa12321)
at November 11th, 2007 (04:14 pm)
current location: Alaska

If you have anything just tell me, espically if i go off topic...i think that i may see some of the topics different than other people would. Thank You to anyone who says anything!!!

New site, might be useful for college applicants
by ms_phd (ms_phd)
at November 14th, 2006 (09:12 pm)

Check it out: http://colleges.applycorner.com

It provides tools to monitor your checklist. Good luck to every one!


Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
by ur_crazy_shadow (ur_crazy_shadow)
at March 6th, 2006 (08:16 am)

ok so im writting an essay on Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler and im having a bit of trouble. My topic is how Pearl (the mother) treats her children so viciously that it messes up all thier lives. my trouble is that i dont knwo how to start the first paragraph...um help?!
I know its so simple but i have a brain fart....

m [userpic]
Help! Need advice for reflective essays.
by m (mass_repeat)
at December 17th, 2005 (07:08 pm)

I'd never thought I'd have to ask (let alone beg) for help with English, since it's always been my best subject but ...

This week, I realized that I am utterly unable to write reflective essays, so I am here to plead for advice/help. x.x;

It's really frustrating, because by just about any other measure I'm an excellent writer. I did well in the John Hopkins distance writing program (although sadly my computer crashed and I lost all the great advice I recieved from the tutors. >_<). I got high scores (above 700) on the SAT writing and critical reading section without even studying, and I've always been the top student in my english classes. In my current AP class, I get great scores on my AP prompt essays and analytical/character essays. I can write poetry, short fiction, book responses ... but yet I am unable to write about myself! I just don't get it!

We've started a unit on reflective essays in AP English, and I recieved a C on my first essay, which is a disturbing change from the A's I'm used to getting. What it comes down to is I have no idea how to write about myself. I can write anything about OTHER people, OTHER situations, but when it's a question like "describe your physical/emotional baggage and how it hinders you", I freeze. My writing ability, any eloquence, style, or creativity ... it vanishes, and my esssay sounds incredibly stilted and shallow.

It's not that I'm a boring person. There are plenty of interesting things I could write about, but I just can't seem to do it! I don't know if I'm overly shy about sharing myself with the world or what, but the same goes for writing about personal experiences. My sentences end up sounding elementary and unvaried. Writing usually comes fluidly and naturally, but when it's an essay about ME, I completely freeze. have to get over this block soon, and learn how to write a reflective essay, because I have 3 due in the next week.

Worst of all, reflective essays are super important for college applications, and yet they seem to be the only type of writing I am incapable of completing at a high level.

My AP English teacher has been absolutely no help whatsoever; her philosophy is that writing "cannot be taught", and that I have to figure out how to write reflective essays "on my own."

So, does anyone have any advice for me? How do you approach reflective essays? Do you outline first? Any special hints or tips? What steps do you take in writing them?

by S. (tuttlie)
at December 16th, 2005 (10:27 pm)

hi, im a high school senior who's been through numerous drafts (entirely different tries) of my college essay. would anyone be interested in reading it and giving me feedback? its supposed to be about how im introverted and what that says about me... I'm willing to look over other people's in return.

june carter [userpic]
by june carter (nestle_qwik)
at December 2nd, 2005 (05:00 pm)

would anyone be interested in reading my essay to notre dame?
I'm in dire need!

demagogy [userpic]
by demagogy (demagogy)
at November 7th, 2005 (01:00 am)

I have two short esays (200-250 words), which need to be improved. I'm not a native English speaker. Anyone want to help me? I would appreciate it! Please leave your e-mail address and I'll mail them.

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