Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A lot has happened in the last few weeks. I've finally come to the realization that Columbia University isn't the right school for me, there are just too many negative feelings there for me to ever really be happy in that environment. Unhappiness triggers my depression, which triggers my binge eating disorder (diagnosed by a psychologist specializing in eating disorders) and so on and so forth.
The most important thing in my life right now (at age 20) should be my health. I want to make sure that I've fully conquered my demons now while I still have the time, rather than waiting until I'm older and it feels too late. So I've left Columbia for good and I actually feel really great about that. I know that I left for the right reasons. I was succeeding academically (3.69 GPA), but I was absolutely miserable there and that's not how I want to remember my college experience. I'm staying with my Aunt in Jersey right now, but in a few months I'm heading back home and I'm going to enroll in individual and group therapy. I also have several goals I want to meet: I want to continue with my weight-loss, I want to work on my social skills by joining one or two organizations, I want to finally learn how to drive, and I want to research financial aid and transfer options. I want to return to school by fall of 2012, so I need to keep on top of transfer applications and whatnot since I want to transfer over to a school that is closer to home and also has more sense of camaraderie/school spirit. I like feeling a sense of community and I really didn't get that vibe at all while at Columbia.
I had my misgivings about going back to Columbia after my first medical leave, but in a way going back was a good thing because now I have no doubts that I am making the right decision for me. In the short term this decision might be a difficult one, but in the long run I think that this decision will make me a happier and healthier person.
Thanks for your support and I'll keep you updated.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
CookWithMe65 requested that I post my recipe for butternut squash soup so here it is. I hope if any of you try it you'll let me know how you liked it?
Butternut Squash (about 2.5 lbs), cubed and peeled
2 medium sweet potato, cubed and peeled
1 yellow onion, diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
3 apples, peeled and chopped (I like using Washington apples)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup nonfat milk
5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1 tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
In soup pot, heat butter and add vegetables and apples turning on medium heat for about 15 minutes.
Add chicken broth until the veggies are covered. Cover pot and cook on low-medium heat for 45 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to the blender in batches, blending until nice and smooth.
Add milk and seasonings and if you have broth left add that until you reach your desired consistency.
That's it. Hope you enjoy this Fall recipe!
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