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Don’t Panic

Those who know me well just read the title and snickered. I do not have a reputation for keeping calm and carrying on during times of extreme stress. In fact, I am better known for long, self-deprecating diatribes, fits of overwhelmed sighing, and overeating when I am facing exams or a hectic week.

However, that’s what I do now. Two years ago, I was even worse. For the sake of your sanity and mine, I won’t elaborate on how awful I could be when stressed.

I have made some progress over the past two years in the area of letting go of stress. It’s gotten to the point where I can laugh stress off, most of the time. That’s right. I can laugh it off.  It’s like I grew a superpower or something.

I’ll admit that this is not always true. Sometimes—okay, a lot of times—stress overwhelms me, and a good cry becomes absolutely necessary, as well as a chunk or two of chocolate. But by the grace of God, I have a much easier time handling stressful situations now than I did as a freshman. Now, instead of collapsing into a fetal position in a dark corner of my dorm room, weeping hysterically, I can look at my heavily congested planner pages without my eyelids starting to twitch. In fact, I can get things done pretty quickly these days, if I tell myself over and over that in the big scheme of things, this hectic week is not that big of a deal.

We’ll see how well I keep calm and carry on in this upcoming year, the final year of my undergraduate years.

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