By: Alyssa Kim
In Health 100 when we were asked to write down a goal, a lot of students, including myself, decided to focus on improving and increasing the amount of physical activity that we do. In particular, I wanted to be able to incorporate it into my busy schedule. Back in high school, I was extremely active. I was in dance two to three times a week and participated in track in the spring season. Coming from this kind of background, it was strange to come into college, where I wasn’t obligated to be involved in so much physical activity. Having this newfound sense of freedom and independence as well as, unfortunately, a growing amount of laziness, made me really let go of any physical activity that I used to do. Inevitably, I gained a bit of weight and I wasn’t as confident as I used to be. Previously, I had danced for 14 years of my life, and it was something I was extremely passionate about. I wanted to audition, but I couldn’t bring myself to find the confidence to audition for any team, and as time went by, I just felt more and more incompetent.
Health 200 has been extremely useful and important because it forced me into a position where I had to continuously reflect on my past actions and experiences. Being able to take a step back and see what has happened showed me how much I need to change and want to change. It gave me a new sense of drive and motivation to change the way I live as a college student. Especially as a current junior, and about to be a senior, I can see how college is such a impactful stage in my life and how the habits that I make in college will really affect how I live my life as a young adult. This whole experience has allowed me to grow, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. I can’t wait to tackle my senior year!