10 Stages Of Being Sick In College

10 Stages Of Being Sick In College

The struggle of being sick when you don't get sick days.

With midterms just around the corner and a seemingly endless load of assignments and responsibilities, getting sick during the semester is every college student’s nightmare. But between late nights, cold weather, and coming in contact with so many other people on a day-to-day basis, it’s bound to happen to everyone at some point. Unfortunately, college students don’t get sick days like working adults, nor do they (typically) get merciful extensions on assignments like the good old elementary school days. Here are ten stages that sum up the struggle of being sick as a college student:

1. Denial

You can't possibly be sick. You have three midterms and a paper due next week; you are not getting sick. This is not happening!

2. Determination

Maybe if you load up on Emergen-C, ibuprofen, NyQuil, zinc, and whatever else you can find in your medicine cabinet, you can ward off this sickness.

3. Defeat

That feeling when you wake up the next morning and you face the brutal truth: You are indeed sick.

4. Paranoia

We all know that googling runny nose, sore throat, and fever is sure to bring up results like cancer or lupus when really you just have a cold. Yet it's so tempting to see what the internet has to say.

5. Frustration

After Google tells you you only have six months to live, you go to the doctor, only to find yourself waiting for three hours in the waiting room. Then you have a five minute appointment with your doctor, where he tells you that you just have a cold and are fine to go back to school.

6. Revenge

You sit on your couch staring at the pile of textbooks that you don't have the energy to read, thinking of every person who could have possibly given you this sickness so you can get them back.

7. Nostalgia

Remember high school, when "being sick" meant faking enough symptoms to get your parents to call you in, then spending the whole day cruising around Chicago with your best friends? Okay, maybe most of us weren't as conniving as Ferris Bueller, but it was still nice to take a sick day once in a while and sit back and watch TV without worrying about failing your classes.

8. Depression

College is a completely different story. You could be throwing up around the clock and your professors don't care. The harsh reality is that the world no longer slows down when you do.

9. Germaphobia

After about day three of being sick, you vow to never let it happen again. Time to load up on disinfectant, surgical masks, and travel-size hand sanitizers for your backpack. No more germs allowed in your body!

10. Acceptance

At some point you realize that whether you're sick or not, you still probably watch more Netflix than you'd like to and study a lot less than you'd like to. At least now you have a good excuse to kick back and watch Netflix for a few days as you recover.

To all the college students under the weather this semester: hang in there, take care of yourself, and feel better soon!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Working On My Emotional Health Is At The Top Of My To-Do List

I'm finally realizing the importance of my mental and emotional health.


The month of April has been so eye-opening for me. For the first bit of the year, I felt like I was in a slump; like I was just going through the motions and not fully living my life.

I was letting boy drama, school stress, and my poor actions to deal with those issues take over my life. I was allowing the anger and shame from those mistakes bubble up inside me until I was just about ready to explode.

I was allowing myself to go back to old ways of coping with problems that I knew weren't healthy, but I knew would be a short-term fix.

I simply wasn't living.

Then, one day I woke up and told myself I needed to change, and that if I didn't, I'd be on this same path ten years from now... or worse. I told myself I needed to get my life back on track with the Lord and with who I want to be as a rising senior in college.

After meeting with one of the leaders at my church (btw, everyone needs a Mrs. Jenny in their life!) and with my therapist, I'm starting to realize how important my emotional health is. My way of dealing with problems hasn't been working all that well, so I know it's time to try something else.

It's all going to be a huge learning process (and at times, an uphill battle), but I know working on my emotional health now will build me to be the best I can in the future.

By learning to become more open to healthier ways of dealing with issues as they come up (like not avoiding problems and actually facing them head-on), I know I can become my best self, and that is something I'm willing to work on with my whole heart.

So, I'm learning to let go of needing to control everything in my life because honestly, wanting to control everything puts me more out of control than when I first started.

And, I encourage you to do the same.

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