7 GIFS Explaining What Getting Sick In College Feels Like

7 GIFS Explaining What Getting Sick In College Feels Like

We definitely are not surviving or thriving.

Getting sick in college is probably one of the worst things that can happen to you while you're away from home. It almost seems like when you are sick at college it is a million times worse than any other time you've ever been sick in your life. This is what it is like being sick in college:

When you realize you are starting to get sick.

The over the counter stuff is actually making it worse.

When you are going to have to go to the doctor and there's no way to avoid it anymore.

Then you realize you've actually been sick with whatever for a week......

Calling your mom every two minutes to remind her that you're sick.

Starting the day off strong, going to class, then not even walking into your first one.

After the antibiotics start working and you can no longer use your sickness as an excuse.

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An Open Letter To My Best Friend Away At Another College

My Day One till the day I die

When we were little, we use to talk about our future -- where we wanted to go to college, what we wanted to study, what we wanted to be. Time passed and here we are -- in our second year at colleges we didn't plan to attend, studying majors we didn't plan on studying, pursuing careers we didn't plan on having. Crazy how things change with time. But one thing has never changed, and that's our unbreakable friendship.

You've been with me through it all. The awkward junior high years, puberty, high school, boys, sports, clubs, SATs, college applications, and college move-in day. Honestly, I probably would not have survived any of that without you. I'm kind of surprised I'm currently surviving college without you here with me. That's probably because I talk to you every single day! I have to admit, some days the distance is hard. I miss you like crazy and I wish we could just lay on your bedroom floor talking about anything and everything like we use to do. As every day goes by, I realize how much closer we are getting to adulthood. There's a strong possibility that the distance between us will grow even more. But that's a problem for another day (mainly because I'll get upset thinking about it now). One thing is for sure though, no matter how many miles are in between us, our friendship is forever. You're going to be in my wedding and I'm going to be in yours (I already have my maid of honor's speech planned out). My future children will refer to you as their aunt. My one call if I ever got thrown in jail would be you.

The hardest thing about being at different colleges is that I don't get to take on the world with you every day. In high school, I spent more time with you than I did my own family. Talk about a life-altering event. I think it's safe to say that you still know me better than anyone else does. You know how I take my coffee, you know that I can't order a burger without ordering fries, and you also know where I keep all my passwords to my accounts (true trusting relationship). Our friendship started back in 2nd grade (14 years ago), and it has lasted the test of time. I don't ever picture my life without you being my best friend.

We don't have full-blown conversations all the time, but that's okay. We can go months at a time without seeing each other, and we'll be able to pick up right where we left off. I don't have to see you every day to know that you're my best friend. I don't have to tell the future to know that you'll be in it. Somethings in life are for sure, and I'm sure that you'll always be my person.

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Let's Be Wise Owls In The New Year

Taking time to fly.

As most college students know, there is a month-long break in the middle of the semester used for visiting family and friends, picking up extra hours at work, and most confusingly, taking an entire class within the span of four weeks.

I’ve always struggled with the idea of getting the same amount of credits for a shorter class in an even smaller period of time. Repeatedly have my professors been unable to finish our material due to a lack of time, or false confidence in our class' ability to understand and retain information.

Even worse, I’ve grown into an aging, spiteful Amazon book reseller when my textbooks go unused. If every class was a month long, imagine how many different things we could learn in a shorter period of time (kind of like the way a syllabus is set up, except this time there will be no interruptions).

I know you’re wondering, “what about scheduling?” (cause we’re all sticklers for the rules). My response to that is there’s a reason I’m not working as a Registration Advisor (let the dream live on).

As 2018’s spring semester begins, I reminisce about the activities that filled my time: binge-watching "The Crown," dragging myself to work, spending time with family, jet-setting to London, reading a strange but recommended book of poetry about a princess (google it), and most of all, taking time to relax and breathe.

We all want to be the smartest one in the room, whether it's creatively, academically, or criminally, and taking time to breathe and then dive into the madness is a good thing. Imagine, a robber prioritizing by month when to complete the heist; “January is recon, February is when I’ll land the security guard position, March, I just want to make best employee, so let’s go for the money in April.”

With pacing, prioritizing, and patience, we can influence the course of events from now until December.

Cover Image Credit: Joie Mitchell

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