Life Her Story

When my friend invited me to go tanning one evening, I immediately told her I would join. I had only been once before, and I had had an overall positive experience. After all, who doesn’t want to have a little glow for formal pictures?   The local tanning salon is about a 10-minute drive from my campus. It has relatively inexpensive prices, ranging from $7 to $16, with your choice of the higher- or lower-voltage bed. With my fair, Swedish skin, I chose the lighter-voltage bed, rubbed lotion all over my body and lay down in my bikini for a relaxing seven minutes. As soon as it was over, my...
I spent Thanksgiving of my sophomore year lying in my dorm room bed, too sick to move. Nauseous and lightheaded, I rolled around in my bed, shifting from one side to the other in a desperate attempt to sleep. I was still hungry since I had only managed to eat a few bites of a Thanksgiving dinner before the nausea had hit, forcing me to run to my room and shut myself in. One day later, my body would start reacting the same way to liquids, even if it was just water. Give it a few days, and I would suddenly start to feel nauseous in class, out on the street, at parties, everywhere. The nausea...
Close your eyes and think back to when you first left for college, right before your freshman year. You’re excited for the opportunities that are ahead: the freedom of living away from home, making new friends, finding your passion and simply being an adult. Then there’s the other side of that: you’re anxious because sometimes you come off as shy or stuck up, you think you might have trouble making friends, you’re nervous to adjust to living with a roommate, the idea of trying new food freaks you out and you’re unsure if you’re ready for something unfamiliar since you’re set in the routine...