An Important 10 Point List Of Everything You Need To Bring To The ER As A College Student

An Important 10 Point List Of Everything You Need To Bring To The ER As A College Student

Because we've been able to rely on our parents to do this for us until now.

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Of course, when it is the week before Thanksgiving and we're all barely making it through classes because we can't wait to go home, I get sick again. And, of course, the health center is packed on Friday so the next appointment they have for me is Monday morning. But, of course, my body can't wait that long, and so Sunday afternoon I start coughing up blood (I was a little freaked out, as you could probably imagine).

The earliest I would be seen at the urgent care was 9:25, and this all happened at 3 in the afternoon. I had a bunch of time to figure out my ride, and pack a bag because I know from experience trips that turn into going to the ER can turn into quite a long adventure. We only spent a little over four hours there, but it was more than enough to be draining. So, with the threat of Thanksgiving and general holiday-related injuries upon us, and for any students like me where this is your first medical crisis when you're far away from home, here's my list of stuff I recommend bringing to the emergency room with you.

1. Your insurance card and driver's license

I feel like this should be a little obvious, but if you want medical treatment they need to know you are who you say you are, and that someone can pay for all the stuff they might do.

2. Water bottle

For you or your ride. Unless they tell you to not eat or drink in case they have to do surgery or something.

3. Glasses (if you wear contacts)

You're going to be there for a while. Your eyes will get tired.

4. Go in comfy clothes if you can

As I said, you'll be spending a decent amount of time there, you might as well get comfortable.

5. Know your general medical history

Have you ever had any surgeries? If so you should probably know what they were and a general idea of when they happened.

6. Phone Charger

Someone's phone WILL die. It's better to be prepared.

7. Snacks

For your ride in gratitude of them taking the time out of their day to drive you. They probably won't let you as a patient eat, sorry.

8. Homework?

Depending on how much pain you're in, how much work you have to do, and how forgiving your professors are, sometimes it's not a bad idea to at least take some work to do. Because you will be waiting. A lot.

9. A sweatshirt

Exam rooms are a little chilly.

10. Bring a friend

Sometimes the only ride you can get has to just drop you off but if you can find a friend or even just a person you know more than just from seeing them in class two or three times a week, it might not be a bad idea to have someone go with you. Dealing with all the medical stuff on your own can be scary, especially as a new college student and having to go to these things without your parents for what is probably the first time.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Somehow, I Ended Up With The Best Roommate Known To Man

I've truly been blessed.

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College can be a very stressful experience to prepare for. From orientation to selecting your classes for the semester, your responsibilities quickly pile up. On top of all that, you also have to find somebody who you will be sharing a room with for your first year of college.

After not sharing a room with my sister for several years, I was worried about going back to splitting a living space with someone else. Immediately after I finished submitting my application to finalize my commitment to Temple, the stress of finding a roommate sunk in. Rooms in the residential hall I wanted were filling up quickly, and I still didn't have a roommate.

I was trying to find a roommate, but everybody seemed to already have their living situation figured out. However, one day, I received a message from a girl named Tori. Little did I know, she would become my best friend. I saw her profile prior to on RoomSync, an app for finding roommates, so I was really excited when she messaged me.

We didn't meet until move-in day, which made me a little bit anxious, but right from the start, everything clicked. We have lots of similar interests and living standards. Even though our majors are totally different, hers being biology and mine is English, that didn't stop us from being friends and enjoy spending time with one another.

In just the first weekend, Tori discovered that I hadn't seen a lot of movies that I should have seen growing up. From that point on, she created a list of various movies, and every weekend we watched at least one movie together. I don't think she has shown me a movie that I haven't liked yet, and I'm so glad that we started this tradition.

On top of movies, Tori has also expanded my music taste, which is a very hard thing to do. I couldn't be happier that she introduced me to Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan and then persuaded me to go to their concert in October with her. In general, she has got me more into music and is increasing my knowledge about music overall.

As well as going to a concert together, we also recently went to see my favorite Youtubers when they came to Philly. When we found out that Cody Ko and Noel Miller were going on a comedy tour and coming to our city, we immediately planned to buy tickets. It was a night full of laughs, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with her.

Tori Ploesch

Having a random roommate who is also your best friend is rare. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random roommates, but I honestly can't picture not being friends with Tori. Along with being an amazing roommate, she is incredibly selfless and caring. Her focus is always on helping people, and I admire her for all the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Being surrounded by people in the College of Science and Technology, I know it isn't easy. Because I have a strong dislike of science, I give major props to Tori and her friends in CST. I'm so happy she is studying something she's truly passionate about and will love doing in her future career. Whenever I meet people that want to pursue a career in science or the medical field, I immediately give them immense credit. It's extremely difficult to take that career path, and I'm already excited for Tori and her ultimate success.

College is a time for making new friends that will last even after you stop going to school together. Even though I'm only in my second semester, I know I can trust Tori with anything, and she'll be there for me when I need her. I also know that she'll be 100% honest with me when I need guidance or advice.

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tori for messaging me to room with her. My college experience has been incredibly positive thus far because she has been with me through it all. I'm extremely grateful for the way things worked out because I couldn't have asked for a kinder roomie.

Thank you, Tori, for not just being an incredible person and roommate, but my best friend as well.

P.S. I can't wait to bake with you in our apartment together next semester!

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