Updated: Jun 27, 2021
During the first week of the last year of my undergraduate degree, I was hit by car while riding my bike. The accident caused persistent headaches which made it difficult to focus and study. I briefly tried painkillers, and found it impossible to concentrate or retain information. After a few months of therapy, I was still unable to keep up with the work load. I was excused from completing assignments. When I then had to be excused from writing midterms exams, I had to face reality: I was physically unable to complete my degree until I healed. I left school. As a perfectionist I had never quit something that was important to me. It humbled me. I learned how to accept my limitations and failure. I returned a year later and ultimately completed my degree.