Losing a Parent in College​ – Rachel

Losing a parent in college is a tragedy many have to go through, but a pain that I would never wish upon anybody. 


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My name is Rachel & I am a senior at a university in Florida. I am a South Jerz Beach girl who never met a sunny day she didn’t :heart: . You can find me on the beach, smiling, surfing, or shooting my spidey web. I am always down for group beers or a live band that makes you wanna move. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on Radundergrad.com.



Losing a Parent in College​

Losing a parent in college is a tragedy many have to go through, but a pain that I would never wish upon anybody. I lost my father during the end of freshman year of college. It changed the whole directory of my life and who I am today. It has been just over two years since my Dad passed. I still think about him every single day. Some things have gotten easier with time, others have not.


If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice it would be to feel my feelings. I did what many people do when something traumatic happens in their life. I ran. Not necessarily physically but mentally I ran so far I wasn’t sure I would be able to find my way back.

Feeling your feelings is easier said than done. It is still something I am working on. But I feel like if I could just talk to that version of Rachel I would just tell her to feel. Feel the ache and pain. The hurt. The grief. And then I would tell her that it is okay to feel it as long as you don’t let it hold you back. Instead of being dragged down, turn it into motivation and work even harder because you can.


Losing my Father changed me. I miss him everyday. Going through the pain of losing him gave me the strength to tackle any obstacle that is thrown my way. Through the good, bad, and ugly there was still a beautiful lesson to come out of such tragedy.


Losing a close friend or family member is very difficult. In this situation you should know that you are not alone and there are many options to get help. Also, seeking help doesn’t mean you are weak, in my opinion you are actually probably smarter than most.

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