Being Sick In College Is The Absolute Worst

Being Sick In College Is The Absolute Worst

College is hard both in health and in sickness...but especially in sickness.

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As a first semester freshman, the transition into college was hard, but there was one thing I was not prepared for at all: dealing with college when you're sick. Especially now, it's finals week, everyone is stressed out, tired, and very prone to illness. Despite my hardest efforts to stay healthy (drinking lots of water, taking vitamin C supplements, washing my hands, etc.) I still managed to catch what everyone's been throwing around, and it is the worst.

Not only do I feel incapable of going to class, since my whole body aches, I just feel like sleeping all day, which means none of the work I need to get done is getting done. This would've been difficult during any other week, but it being finals week, I have more papers and quizzes and tests to complete than ever. I'm sure many college students can relate when I say: I just wanna go hooooommmmeee!!!

On the bright side, I also have amazing friends who are helping me out. In college, since everybody's going through the same struggle, I find that there's a greater sense of family here. A friend from my English class sent me some more Emergen-C, and one of my BFFs did a CVS run for me. So although I miss my mom's homemade soup and warm hugs, I can take comfort in knowing that there are people here who care about me and want to help me get better.

So to all my fellow sickies, a few words of reassurance: We only have about a week left to go, we can totally do this!! A few exams and papers got nothin' on us, we're tough and smart and capable!! If you need to take a sick day, please do. Nothing is more important than your health and well being, not even grades. Take some medicine, sleep it off, and get stronger tomorrow! Make sure to drink lots of water, and try to eat something, even if it is just dining hall grilled cheese (Linkins Dining Center, I'm lookin' at you!) Persevere for a few more days, and we'll all be back home, chilling on the couch, and getting yelled at by our parents to do our laundry in no time.

Sending you all love and positive vibes for this finals season!

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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There's Entirely Too Much On A College Student's To-Do List

We have a lot to do.

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The beginning of a new semester means not only going to and studying for new classes but preparing for the next year of college! Unless you're a senior and getting ready to graduate, there is a whole list of things to complete for the coming school year. Cheers to added stress on top of an already-new semester's worth of classes and worrying about our GPA's!

1. Scholarship Applications

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This is perhaps the most important thing on the to-do list, as even a little bit of money can go a long way. Fill out and submit your university scholarship application, and any other applications you have the option to go for!

It may feel time-consuming and pointless to write yet another essay about why you deserve free money over someone else, especially when it hasn't gotten you anything in the past, but do not give up hope. This is a new year and you are not the same as you were last year. Perhaps you have new organizations and activities to report. So go for those scholarships!

2. Financial Aid Documentation

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You can't receive your scholarships if you don't have the proper documentation submitted to the financial aid office. Fill out all of those forms, the ones that confirm that you're still a dependent, or that you did or did not file your taxes last year. If you haven't turned your FAFSA in yet, do that too! Until those documents are in, any financial aid coming your way will be put on hold, or worse, given to someone else.

3. Housing

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Your current lease is going to expire at some point or another, so be ready to renew the one you've got or find somewhere new to live. Do it sooner rather than later, unless you have other plans for next year.

One thing is for sure, you definitely don't want to get caught without somewhere to live, or to get there too late and find that everywhere is full. And no one wants to end up in the shoddy little apartment with the thin walls and loud neighbors and a random roommate that doesn't have any bathroom etiquette.

4. Summer Plans

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What are you doing this summer? If you're vacationing, planning ahead is a huge deal to get where you want to go. It's important to put in for time off at your job well in advance so that there aren't any unpleasant surprises there.

Maybe you're going home for the summer, in which case it is important to pay off your rent and make sure you completely clean out your apartment - it won't be any fun when you discover that you left all of your underwear behind. Or, you're staying to work and take summer classes. Register early and figure out exactly what it is that you can take, and figure out how that fits into your work schedule.

5. Next Semester

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Yes, it's early, but the semester tends to fly by in a flurry of papers and exams and plenty of stress. Before you know it, registration will be upon you, and you have to know what classes you want to take next fall and when you want to take them.

Plan your schedule. Find an older friend to hold a class for you if possible. Talk to your department advisers about what will work best for you. Enroll in that program you've been looking at to see how it will fit with your studies.

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