For some people, high school is easy. They are the “Best In…” in every subject in high school, on debate teams and on school newspapers; almost no effort in being the top of the class. However, college usually equalizes the achievers from those who barely scrape by. Suddenly you’re in a class of hundreds, all equally unsure of your path and all scrambling to pass. this kind of environment can either make or break a person; but rare is the person for whom this circumstance provides both opportunities for breakdowns and breakthroughs.
For Giorgia Danga, studying in UP was a battle. She relates her story through a lengthy and detailed Facebook status. An over-all whiz kid, Giorgia thought she was on the fast track to graduating with honors. But what happened to her was far from her expectations. In her own words, she:
“Failed clinical internship rotation- twice
Found out I’ve been suffering from Clinical Depression
Got sick and gained weight
Was almost diagnosed with cancer at age 20
Was intellectually insulted
Got rejected over and over
And many, many, many more”
So what did she do? She took a break to take care of herself, to solve her own problems.
” It was ironic that I have been treating patients non-stop when I needed healing myself. My body was betraying me (or maybe I betrayed it first) to the point where I was one test away from being diagnosed with cancer (that’s another story). I was performing poorly. I was feeling incompetent and had zero self-esteem. I even heard people mocking my intellectual capacity. I knew I needed to get my sh*t together. I knew I needed to get stronger. I decided to take a break.”
She related how she went through her healing process and how one can look at the challenges that come your way. She fought to become the person that she knew she was, not the person that circumstances were forcing her to be. Because of that, people are responding really well to the brave girl’s story.
With over 21,000 reactions, 400+ comments, and over 4,000 shares, the girl who used to think herself “bobo” proved that anyone can succeed so long as you battle through your trials.
Did Giorgia’s story inspire you? Do you have a similar story about beating depression or other challenges in your life? Tell us all about it in the comments section.