My Story

Hi! My name is Kim, I’m twenty-one years old and entering my senior year at Cornell University.

For a long time, my life was defined by athletic and academic achievement. I excelled in swimming and school for as long as I can remember, and I was recruited to swim at Ivy League universities and other prestigious schools. I chose Cornell because it would be the ultimate challenge – a combination of Division I NCAA athletics and an Ivy League pre-medical education.

Little did I know that the pressure, combined with my background, genetics, and perfectionist attitude, would lead me into the depths of an eating disorder.

Throughout my recovery I have learned so much about life and myself, and hope to share and grow even more with this blog. I am still “in recovery,” but work every single day on being true to myself and pursuing my passions.  I don’t consider myself a “writer,” but I have recently found that I love to write and decided to rolllllll with it!

That’s my story, but it certainly doesn’t define me! Here’s a list of some of the things I love and am passionate about:

  • reading – ANYTHING!
  • pumpkin butter. anything pumpkin. actually, anything fall related. i just love fall!
  • the new york yankees and jets. my family always watches football on Sundays.
  • playing golf for fun with my dad (I’m definitely a “daddy’s girl”)
  • snowboarding, and being in the mountains. i love ski getaways because they remind me of my childhood.
  • colorado – where i hope to move after i’m done with undergrad, and possibly go to med school there
  • the ocean. there is nothing more relaxing to me than sitting on a quiet beach watching the waves crash in and listening to the “woosh” (if you’ve been to the ocean you know what i’m sayin’)
  • hiking with some good friends
  • being active and athletic. getting outside and moving. when i’m a retired swimmer, i want to do some shorter triathlons and running races for fun.
  • various forms of music, not limited to but including: Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band (the old stuff), Alanis Morrisette, Coldplay, Goo Goo Dolls, Kings of Leon, admitting this might make me a 13 year old girl but  Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and anything that allows me to chill, get psyched, or dance depending on what mood i’m in 🙂
  • working with kids is one of my true passions, and i hope to turn that into someday being a pediatrician!
  • academically, i’m interested in pathogenic microbiology (a mouthful, i know), nutrition (shocking!), Ancient Egypt (don’t ask – I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was in first grade until I found out there are spiders and scorpions in the pyramids)
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6 Responses to My Story

  1. Abby says:

    Hi Kim!
    I just stumbled on your blog and look forward to reading more. While never at your level, I am also a “retired” swimmer and slight academic overachiever with a love for many of the things you mentioned above.

    Now in the “real” world, I can tell you to ENJOY your college experience, as it goes by so fast. It sounds like you have a great attitude and so much too look forward to 😉

  2. edoutsider says:

    I just found your blog today and read a few posts! And am going to keep reading:) I have always been about academics and sports too. Im not as good at swimming as you though;) I want to swim in college maybe. Im a junior in HS right now.

  3. I loved reading your story and look forward to reading your blog! I love working with kids too (hence why I work in an elementary school).

    • Kim says:

      Thanks so much! Kids are so much fun to work with. My mom and olders sister both teach in elementary schools also so I definitely admire the work that goes into that 😉 Welcome!!

  4. Sleep eat says:

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I’ve got to say I am impressed! Cornell! Hee hee 😉 I’m hoping to go to Columbia, but it’s gonna be tough 😦 I also swim, but am most defintley not as good as you.

    I love how you say that your eating disorder does not define you. That is so true. We are who we are and though our ed’s are a large influence, it does not mean we ARE our eating disorders!!

    Hoping to read more!!

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