Studying had never been a problem for me until I got in to law school.
I got to the point where I had a really bad anxiety attack while writing a final test. Everyone staring at me during the test while I started scratching myself until I started bleeding (which I do whenever an episode beggings) was one of the worst experiences of my academic life.
I saw some people laughing at me. I saw some of my friends staring at me scared. I saw my professor walking towards me and asking if I needed help.
I froze for a few seconds and then just pretend nothing was happening, finished my test and left feeling terrible. Got home and just cried. I felt horrible, felt like I was stupid, worthless, crazy.
Now I don’t feel bad about it. I no longer feel ashamed or worthless. I understand that it was just a moment. That moment is not who I am.
— Lorena Figueiredo
Here are some of the personal notes the attendees left for Lorena!
“You are more than some numbers! You’re strong & your photography is amazing! Stay strong. ❤️”
“I have always believed that trying your best is what matters most! Just don’t give up and all the best. You are extraordinary. ❤️”
“Yes! Most importantly you got over it! Never apologizes for who you are! ❤️”
“Never forget that you are worthy and that you should never be ashamed of yourself. I love the line ” A moment is not who I am.” ❤️”
“You are not defined by what confines you. You will not let it define you. You are not numbers on a test result, not a ball of anxiety. You get to choose who you are.”