I got offered and accepted and offer at a great University doing a degree that will get me a good job in the future. But with all the expectations of what University is supposed to be, I found myself miserable. Living in halls was horrible: the people I shared a kitchen with were horrible and I underestimated the costs of living. Books alone used up my loan for the first month. Constantly partying wasn't my scene either so it was difficult to make friends. This lead to what I think was depression, I stopped eating and started drinking to solve my problems. I was so close to quitting when I spoke to a mentor provided through the University and just burst into tears. Eventually I had to move back home and travel to University to get over the depression and to stop drinking so much.
I didn't quit. And now, going into fourth year, I'm glad I stuck at it. After one year, I'll have a good degree that could lead to a good job. Without speaking to my mentor I would have never recovered from that on my own. What it made me realise that your dreams coming true might not necessarily be what you expect. Accepting a set back was definitely the best thing I could have done.
A few years ago my sister developed Bulimia as a way to cope with whatever was going on in her life; reasons we still don't know about. The hardest part was when my Mum found out: watching her get upset about it, and even escape to my Gran's house to get away from it. As a family we had no idea what to do., short of hiding the junk food bulimic's need to fuel the binges. Whether this was right or not, I don't know. As her bigger sister I encouraged her to find help as I couldn't stand what it was doing to the family. She found a teacher to speak to at School. Someone I guess she could trust. The teacher encouraged her, in turn, to speak to the school nurse and get some help from some professionals.
She got better eventually, through sessions with professionals but if it hadn't been for that one teacher that stopped and listened to her, I don't know where we'd be. I think what helped the most was taking action early. She was only very early teens at the time, but was still massively impacted by a negative outlook on a normal body image. It is so important to look out for the signs of bulimia, because it can be life changing for even the strongest person.