If You Have Ever Been Sick In College You Know How Much It Sucks

If You Have Ever Been Sick In College You Know How Much It Sucks

You don't realize how much you take your health for granted until you are sick.

College is full of new experiences. You are given the chance to grow as a person and offered some great opportunities throughout your post-secondary education. However, flu season just happens to be in the middle of the semester for us. So that means at some point during your college career, you will get sick.

Being sick in college is a lot different than being in sick at home for a multitude of reasons. One reason is that your parents are not there to take care of you. They are the ones that make sure you are taking your medicine on time, that you are getting plenty of rest and making a doctors appointment for you if you need one.

When you are away at college, you are expected to do all of that on your own.

If you are like me, you don't even have the energy to get out of bed let alone pick up the phone to call the doctor. My mom even packed me a huge container of everything I would need in case I did get sick. Even then, you don't realize how much you rely on your parents until you get sick while at college.

Another thing about being sick while in college is missing class. This semester, I woke up with a 100-degree fever on my busiest day of the week which consists of four classes and two meetings. I had to miss every single thing going on that day. A week later and I still am not caught up on all the work I have to do. The worst part is that some classes in college take attendance. Some teachers are real sticklers on missing their class so to even be excused, you need a doctor's note. Some say that if you simply have a cold you need to miss class! And then if you have a doctor's appointment for a cold, they look at you weird and wonder why the heck you came to the doctor, to begin with! When you're sick at home, your mom or dad would call the school to say that you are sick and would be excused from classes. Just like that, you didn't have to go in that day. Catching up on schoolwork would be tough, but most teachers would give you another couple days to get the homework finished.

The one positive thing about being sick in college is that you have an excuse to do absolutely nothing for the time you are sick. That means Netflix all day or taking naps whenever you want to without any guilt. If you have an awesome roommate or friends (like I do), they will get you anything you need. Whether that is food or medicine or just something to make you smile like your favorite chocolate candy.

Being sick sucks. It's your body saying that you need to slow down because there is just way too much happening. It is important to always get plenty of rest (no all-nighters please), be aware of what kind of food you are putting into your body, drink plenty of fluids like water or tea if you like that kind of thing, and relax. Your body will heal on its own time. When you are back on your feet again, you will appreciate being healthy once again.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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5 Tips To Help You Feel Better If You're Sick

A few helpful tips if there's a bug going around.


Not to brag, but I don't get sick very often, maybe once a year. When I do find myself a little under the weather, there's a few things I like to do for a faster recovery. I have no idea if any of these are 100% accurate, but I'd like to think they do. None of these will immediately make you feel better, but they'll help quicken the process.

Drink lots of water.

This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do sometimes. I know when I'm sick, I definitely don't think about it. Water can help flush toxins out of your body, makes you hydrated, and can help you feel more awake and energized! If you're not a huge water drinker like I am, Tea also helps.

Stay home.

If you're sick, it's honestly better if you just take a day off and focus on feeling better. If you're worried about going to school or work, it's better that you don't spread anything. Let me just say, I'm fairly certain the last time I caught something was because someone behind me in a class was coughing through the entire lecture.


This one goes with the last point, but sleeping will help your immune system fight off any infections. It's good to take some time off and get any extra sleep you can.

Clean everything.

I like to wash all of my clothes and bed sheet, because they're what I wear and touch the most, especially my pillow cases. This will help get rid of some germs and stop them from spreading. It's also good to disinfect anything you touch often, like doorknobs and table surfaces.

Take medicine.

This one also sounds like a no brainer, but seriously if you expect to feel better soon you should be taking some sort of medicine. At the very least, it'll help with your symptoms, so you're not couching or sneezing every couple minutes.

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