Hey Chris! Can you tell us about each year of college and the struggles you faced as well as the great things that happened? I'm a first year facing some struggles and just need some reassurance
Hey anon! Absolutely!
My freshman year I had the XC season of my life, followed by an injury that kept me out for about a year! I also met Victor, who I was with for a few years! It was a lot of change, a lot of learning and growth, being away from home, making new friends.
Sophomore year was really tough– I was in a very bad place mentally and took it out on my friends, family, and Victor. I almost lost a lot of solid relationships. It was another year of a lot of growth and learning.
Junior year, I was competing again and I had a really, really disappointing XC season, followed by an awesome outdoor track season! I also went through a break-up and learned A LOT about myself and found so many wonderful things that came out of what I thought was “falling apart.”
I have learned over the years to…TRUST YOURSELF. Try not to be too influenced by others. Trust your gut, that little voice inside of you. You know what is best for your body and your mental health. People will come and go…let it happen. Do not force things. What is meant to be will be. Work hard, be kind, be patient, trust yourself, have fun, keep an open mind, and remember that the universe has a funny way of working things out, even if they are not how you thought they would turn out!!! Keep the faith :)