My Freshman year in college was met with many growing pains. These “pains” made me mad, sad, frustrated and lonely. Nevertheless, my happy-go-lucky personality fooled many into believing I was just fine. However, there was one person who saw through my facade. In a weightlifting elective class, I met my teacher, who was the rugged and tough Quarterback coach that never smiled. Yet, I could see through his tough exterior! I joked and kidded with him hoping to get him to smile. Needless to say, he was always matter-of- fact. One day, at the end of class, he said, “Tonya, you need to work on loving yourself.” I thought, how did he know? I said, “ok Coach Robins how do I do that?” He said,” write down 5 positive things about yourself, put them on your bathroom mirror and say them everyday.” I will never forget those wise words.