Last summer, I lost something. I went from being surrounded by friends 24/7, the familiarity of classes, the comfort of my sorority house and a seemingly limitless future ahead of me, to sitting alone in my grandpa’s lake house, applying to job after job and fighting my anxiety (and losing). After graduation, I lost the safety net that is college. I’m good at being a student, but graduating with no job lined up felt like having the ground pulled out from under me — I grieved that loss.

Then I really lost something. My worst nightmare occurred: On July 13th, my mom died unexpectedly. I had just received my first job offer, and she was so excited. I was…