If I could go back to the beginning of my freshman year, I’ll tell myself, enjoy your time as a student. Being a student is perhaps the easiest thing ever; if only you work harder, you will succeed because it’s fair. There will be many things in the near future as you step out of school and enter the real world, where you find that even though you work hard, you can’t always succeed. So while you still have several years of school before you, don’t wish for winter break, then spring break, then summer break. Hope that days go slowly, that you learn more while you have all the opportunities at your hands to do so. Treasure all the people you meet, all the relationships you create, all the fun you have, all the struggles you go through, all these will be times that one day you wish you could relive.
Sexual health is important to a person’s general life quality. Good sexual health taps into many areas of wellbeing, such as the physical, mental, and social. Different problems can also arise from a compromised sexual health, such as unplanned pregnancy, STI, sexual violence, etc. So sexual health is important to maintain and be educated on. The part in lecture I found especially interesting was the part on female hysteria. It had a wide range of symptoms, and it was basically the default medical diagnosis for anything that was disturbing a female patient. What is more absurd is that people thought it can supposedly be treated by inducing orgasm. Placing this in historical context, I wasn’t too surprised to learn that such a hysteria revolved exclusively on women. It also reminded me of the witchcraft hysteria in Salem, in which twenty people, mostly women, were publically executed. There is something about women that is mysterious and uncanny, and makes them susceptible to outside influences and problems that need fixing. This is give or take the mentality in both cases. Looking at sexual health today, I think it is important to increase awareness, communication and positive attitudes towards sexual health as well as on the prevention of STD/HIV and unintended pregnancies. It is also very important to normalize conversation on safe sex and STD testing. And this would require concerted supports from public policy, health institutions, as well as education both in school and at home.
In my letter to myself, I told myself to work hard, play hard, exercise, and just enjoy college. Now looking back, I basically failed at most of these. I tried to work hard but I still procrastinate, I don’t have the time to play and I’m too lazy/its too cold to exercise. However, I am enjoying college here in University of Michigan, I don’t really miss home, and I like this new country away from everything I am familiar with. Something that changed during this semester is that I have started to think seriously about my future, what I want to do, who I want to become. I am proud of myself for not feeling too overwhelmed or stressed out with everything that is going on, and for being in a good mood most of the time. Next semester, I want to work on living a more disciplined and healthy lifestyle. I want to manage my time more wisely, get more sleep, eat more clean, exercise more often, and very importantly, work harder than I did.
When I die, I hope that the life I was able to live was a life of meaning. This is partially reflected on the people whom I had positively influenced. I understand that the things I said and did and accomplished will soon be drowned in time, but I hope that I will be remembered for how I made the people I encountered in my life feel, no matter they are a short acquaintance, or a close confidant, or anything in between. Were they built up through their interactions with me or did I put them down. I hope the answer to that is I made them feel loved, cared for, empowered, encouraged. The relationships I created, sustained, and restored; at the end of the day, that is what makes me happy and that is what people are going to remember when they think of me. I hope that some of the values I hold true throughout my life, values such as discipline, tenacity, faith, boldness, will be carried down to the people who sees those embodied in me, that somehow, they can learn from the places I did well on as well as the places I failed at, both are equally important, and they will be able to benefit in some way.