Colleges across the country are filled with students trying to find their identity. The defining factor at ASU is physical appearance.
I came to ASU in fall 2001 and began to assimilate into this narcissistic culture. I adopted a false conception of beauty that consumed me. I was obsessed with achieving the "perfect" look and body type. Before long, I was suffering from anorexia. The more I tried to attain physical perfection, the emptier I felt.
Thankfully, this same year a Young Life College club started on campus. I started attending every week. It became a place of safety for me. I no longer had to pretend I was someone I wasn't. My misconceptions about perfection and beauty began to fade, and for the first time in my life I understood God's grace.
There were several other girls in this Young Life club who shared these same struggles. Together we sought to find our identities in Christ instead of our appearances. Now I am in my final semester at ASU and, looking back, I don't know where my life would be without the unconditional love and support of the relationships that I found in Young Life College.