It's no secret that college is a good time to reinvent yourself, and I definitely took advantage of this opportunity. In high school I was so concerned about what people thought of me, if I was doing the right things to fit in, but this ended up leaving me alone and isolated. My intense strive to make everyone like me made everyone not even want to be around me - including myself. I tried so hard to be someone I wasn't that I almost completely lost touch with who I really am.
Coming to college I was able to reinvent myself and find the true me. I stopped doing things that were harmful to me to make others like me, and I started doing the things that make me happy. It turned out I made more friends that ever when I started living my life this way.
Not having friends in high school was a huge contributor to my depression, and self deprecating thoughts. When I started making really close friends at college my mental health also started going in the right direction.
It's an important milestone for a person to find out who they really are. It isn't always in college like it happened for me, and I'm sure it is bound to happen more than once. But nonetheless, living for yourself and not for anyone else is the best thing you can do for yourself.