If you've ever seen Gilmore Girls, my home life is a real-life version of the television show. The closeness of Lorelai and Rory and their fierce fights are the spitting image of my mother and me. My parents split when I was four years old and my mom has been my primary caregiver for the majority of my life. Growing up, it was just her and me, with some long-term boyfriends and/or husbands living with us off and on. That was true, at least, until my freshman year when my mom and I were suddenly on our own after her husband at the time left us, right after we found out that my mom had stage four thyroid cancer. Since then, my mother and I have been on our own for the length of my entire high school career. We've been closer than best friends and we've been as distant as roommates that were always at each other's throats. It can be really challenging to handle a relationship addicted mother, my personal anxiety, the stress about our finances, and high school in general. Finances got really hard for us, so my mom and grandparents decided it would be best if we moved from Astoria, Oregon, to where my grandparents live in Walla Walla, Washington, the summer before my senior year. Moving senior year is rough; new state, new town, new friends, new family connections and new adventures. Some days have been much harder emotionally than others, but I get up every morning and hope for the best and push myself to make the most out of the day. I've also found some really good things and learned how to start over socially again. It was scary putting myself out there, especially going from a school where everyone knows everything about everyone to a school where you don't really know all the people in your class. But I've found some amazing people that help me through and motivate me to do better and be better. As of now, I do not know what the future may bring, but under the circumstances this year has brought, this has made me very excited for what the future holds. I haven't really felt as though I've had a home for many years now and I'm ready to find a place where I can grow and learn in a safe, comfortable and loving. My past has illuminated how much I crave the stability that a university will provide, and I am so excited to begin my next chapter of life.