Written by Julia, St. Baldrick’s 2011 Ambassador Kid. Julia was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of childhood cancer, when she was 16. Today, Julia is in remission and on to her next challenge: college.
Starting college has been very exciting for me! I’ve overcome a lot of things and to finally be here, at my dream school (Ohio State), is just icing on the cake. I’m at a school in a class of 7,000 students where only 3 others come from the school district I was in for the past 12 years. I’m taking two political science classes, a psychology class, a Shakespearean Literature class as well as two required freshman classes. As a political science major, I’m obviously most looking forward to my class about campaigns and elections, which will be especially interesting because of the November elections. While starting a new chapter of my life should be scary, the only fear I have so far is that I may not be able to read an entire Shakespeare play every week and a half!
I live in a quad dorm with three roommates who I love dearly already. I was lucky to have been able to meet two of my roommates back in March and was able to keep in touch with them before I made the move to Columbus. They’re both from Ohio so they know more about the particulars of the state than I do, which has been helpful for me. I’ve become especially close with one of them, and she will be coming out to California over winter break for my birthday, which we’re all very excited about. Other than that, I’ve joined a couple of student organizations, and I have season tickets to the Ohio State football games which will be fun to attend.
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While being away from home may take some time to get used to, I am grateful for the wonderful support system I have. My family, friends and doctors (old and new) have made this transition much easier than I expected. I can’t wait to see what my freshman year as an Ohio State Buckeye has in store for me!