Lexi Graff

Student in Athens, Georgia

Lexi Graff

Student in Athens, Georgia

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Hi, I’m Lexi and I was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 9, 2000. I am currently a freshman at The University of Georgia. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder at the beginning of my freshman year of high school. Anxiety has controlled every aspect of my life since I was little and has forced me to miss out on countless experiences that I should’ve had. However, since the start of my senior year of high school, I have transformed into a new and happier version of myself.

A year ago, I was not the same person I am today. My anxiety used to control my life and now it reminds me how strong I am and if I can get through that I can get through anything. It wouldn’t allow me to do any of the things I wanted to do. I couldn’t concentrate in school, I lacked confidence, I avoided social situations, and I was depressed and irritable. It consumed me.I spent every second of my days worrying; I couldn’t control it. I was never able to make new friends, so I was stuck with my childhood friends who never understood what was going through.

Although anxiety plagued most of my middle and high school career, I am thankful for it. I wouldn’t be who I am today without these experiences and struggles with anxiety. I am now a different person mentally and physically. I haven’t been letting anxiety stop me from doing the things I wanted to do. I now love talking to people, meeting new friends, and I am able to be myself. This year I’ve become confident for the first time in my life. I’ve stepped so far out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t find my way back