I guess you could say tomorrow is kind of a big day for me. January 24th may just be another Thursday for most people, but to me, it’s my last “first day of classes” ever. That is sort of monumental, right? I have been attending Bryant University for the last four and a half years, and I really can’t believe my undergraduate career is quickly coming to an end. So many thoughts and emotions have been racing through my mind as I think about what my days will be like after graduation. For the first time in my life, I don’t know. I’ve always had a plan, or at least a general idea of where I’m going. However, come May 18th, I’ll be forced into the sea of unemployed post grads who are all trying to swim their ways to a job.

But, before I can really start to freak out over my future, I should probably focus more on my present situation. Last semester was truly a test of my abilities and strength, and I can only hope I’m able to live up to my previous successes this time around. When I began my Fall 2012 semester, I was very sick. It’s a bit of a long story to include in this post, but I will more than likely be blogging about in the near future. My illness lasted throughout the entire semester, and I had often found myself questioning whether or not I could handle everything.

Even during my healthiest of times, it has always been challenging to balance every aspect of my life: my health, school, sleep, a social life, doctors’ appointments, etc. etc. etc. It’s extremely difficult for me to find that happy medium, you know, where I’m 100% healthy, all caught up on my schoolwork, and still have time to spend with friends and actually get a good night’s sleep. I’m pretty sure everyone experiences that at some point, actually. It’s just that, given my condition, it takes me double the time and effort to complete a task. So, as you can imagine, things get a little stressful here during the semester.

When I got sick, everything suddenly became 100 times harder for me to accomplish. I couldn’t seem to find a way to devote my time and effort to my schoolwork when I was focusing every ounce of energy on trying to heal my body. It was an extremely frustrating time for me, with each day resembling a rollercoaster ride of emotions and physical highs and lows. But I did it. And to be quite honest with you, I have no idea how. I somehow pushed through my adversities and ended the semester with Dean’s List. Better yet, last semester was the second best semester I’ve had in my entire college career. After taking it all in and realizing how far I came, I still feel a little shocked to this day.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from last semester, it’s that nothing can hold me back from what I need to get done. Whatever dilemma comes my way this semester, whether it’s school or health related, I’m ready to tackle it with the confidence knowing I’ll come out strong. I’m determined to make this semester the best one yet, to make memorable moments with those around me, and to soak up every last minute I have at Bryant. Here’s to the beginning of the end.

Author: Alyssa

Chronicling my journey while teaching the world that I have SMA, but it will NEVER have me. Life's what you make it, dare to make it a remarkable one✨


  1. Wow! Can’t believe it’s almost over! By the way, if you and Adam make a video, does that include the wearing of costumes???? Think it should! Good luck with your classes. Hope you have wonderful professors!!!!

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