5 Reasons Why Being Sick At College Is The Worst

5 Reasons Why Being Sick At College Is The Worst

It's time to grow up and learn how to deal with being sick yourself.

In Michigan, the weather can change in the blink of an eye. One day, it's -10 degrees with blustery winds and icy roads. The next day it's 60 degrees and the sun is shining. The state literally can't make up its mind as to what season it wants to be. These quick changes of weather can take a drastic toll on student's health.

In a matter of days, students begin to show the first signs of a cold. Coughing and sneezing become as normal as the usual classroom lectures. Students learn to deal with the interruptions because they know that their classmates can't help it. As soon as it hits one student, everyone seems to be infected. In high school, being sick wasn't that big of a deal. It meant sleeping in, staying home and knowing that all of your assignments would be waiting for you the day you came back. In college, that is not the case. Being sick in college is the absolute worst. You face the harsh reality that you are no longer a kid and actually have to start acting like an adult because no one is going to baby you anymore.

1. Your parents aren't there to take care of you.

This is one of the hardest things to grasp when you're sick and away at school. After having your parents there to take care of you for the past 18 years of your life, you're suddenly on your own. Anything you need, you have to get yourself. There's no one to make sure you take your medicine or make you a steaming bowl of hot soup.

2. You have to go to class.

Though for most classes, attendance isn't necessarily required, it is highly recommended. If you're someone who struggles with the thought of skipping class because you don't want to miss something important, skipping class when you're sick is a definite no. You load up on cold medicine and hope to make it through the lecture without being too much of a distraction.

3. There is no catch-up.

If you miss a day of class, your assignments will not be waiting for you when you get back. As a fully capable adult, it is your responsibility to make sure you get the notes and homework for the days that you missed. You don't want to get behind and play catch up towards the end of the semester.

4. You feel miserable all of the time.

Your throat aches, the stomach is queasy, ears are plugged, the nose is running and your entire body feels weak. All you want to do is stay in bed, but you have to function to some extent. When you're sick at school everyone can tell that you're sick. You want others to feel your pain because you most likely caught the illness from someone around campus. There is no escape for the aches that you feel.

5. You can't sleep because of homework.

You already don't get enough sleep in college, but you get even less when you're sick. You're up coughing and blowing your nose multiple times throughout the night, making it hard to get your much-needed rest. On top of that, you have to stay up late into the night doing the mountain of homework you've accumulated.

Here's to you sick college kids. Keep sticking it out, no matter how miserable you may be.

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Reflections From the Outside World

It doesn’t get better unless you work for it

It has been exactly one month since I was released from the psych ward, but don’t worry… I’m not here to tell all of you struggling with mental health problems that it gets better overnight, because it doesn’t. Nothing will get better if you don’t work for it.

If all you do is lay in bed and let your depression swallow your life, it will not get better. If you let your anxiety take over your life to where you cannot leave your house, it will not get better. You need to work for it. More often than not, working for it means accepting that you may need medication. For me personally, medication has been the only thing that has allowed me to have any sort of balance in my life.

Looking back, I am so grateful for my stay at the hospital. I am not ashamed of it nor will I ever be. I am stronger than ever and now realize that my mental health will always take priority over school, work, relationships, friendships, etc.

I’m not here to tell you that throughout the time I’ve been off and on medication that my life has been amazing, because that’s not true. Of course you will have bad days, days where getting out of bed seems impossible, or days where you just feel lost and out of it.

Metaphorically, Depression is similar to a person and their shadow. On some days it feels like you are inside a dim room and your shadow (the depression) is nowhere to be seen. However, there are days where you feel like you are outside on a bright sunny day and your shadow follows you everywhere.

You will have those days and that's completely okay. Just remember on those days to do your best and realize that the next day is a completely new day where you can completely start over.

To those who have experienced inpatient care, Remember all of the feelings you had while you were doing the inpatient. Remember the calmness of the environment, the feelings of understanding from the other patients, the feeling of safety and security from the demons inside your brain. Try to give yourself all of those feelings. Make yourself feel understood, calm, safe, wanted, and loved. Many times we do not see ourselves as spiraling downwards until we are so deep in the hole that it is too late to find a ladder to get out. Do not stop working on yourself; your mental health is always a priority over everything. Sometimes you need to fight yourself for your own life.

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For Those Who Struggle With Forgiveness

Give yourself a break.

What is forgiveness?

Seems like a simple question. According to Merriam-Webster, to forgive is to “cease to feel resentment against (an offender).” And for most of my life, that is what I have allowed myself to believe.

Forgiveness is simply the act of letting something go. As I’ve learned over the past couple years, though, to truly forgive someone involves something much deeper and more enlightening than that. It involves trust, one of the most necessary and wholly human emotions that we can feel. It also has a different definition for each person, which defines itself by that individual’s personality and standards.

Forgiveness, for me, is much more intense than simply “letting it go.” Forgiveness can only begin when I allow myself to become vulnerable after a traumatic break in trust, trust that may have been building for a long time. It means making a conscious decision to love and allow for trust again.

But forgiveness for me has not only been between me and others. A lot of my year has comprised of learning how to forgive myself. Easier said than done, right?

People make mistakes. A defining character of humanity is that we are not, nor will we ever be, perfect. I’ve always been the type of person who is hyper-critical of myself, especially in the mistakes I make and how I deal with them. So, when I did screw up, it became harder and harder to forgive myself.

But as I find myself growing as a person, I have also found myself to be more understanding and empathetic to my own feelings. I have found it much more empowering to take my mistakes and turn them into an experience, one that I can learn and grow from.

You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be forgiven, and you deserve to forgive. Allow yourself to take your mistakes and empathize with your own emotions and reasons.

In today’s society, it is easy to get caught up in the stress of attempting to be perfect. It seems that there is such a deep stigma attached to the idea of flaws, thereby forcing us to see mistakes as a reason for ridicule. Instead, see them as a means of growth, learn from it, and move on with your beautiful, blessed life.

Give yourself a damn break, you deserve it.

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