4 Things Professors Don't Understand About Having Mental Illnesses

4 Things Professors Don't Understand About Having Mental Illnesses

We're not lazy, we're just struggling.


I've had quite the fight with my own mental demons throughout college, and I'm also very aware that many other people struggle as well. While some schools do their best to be understanding, there are just some things they can't understand unless they've been through it themselves. Some professors will go the extra mile while other professors couldn't care less. There are a few things professors should realize about students that struggle.

1. We don't skip class because we're lazy.

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There's some days where it's physically painful to leave bed. It's draining to even move. Yes, we fully understand that we will probably miss something important. It isn't an easy decision to make. We beat ourselves up and end up feeling worse.

2. Our grades may be suffering, but that doesn't mean that we aren't trying.


Whether it's from missing days or being so mentally distressed that we just literally cannot focus, our grades may take a hit. I've seen people have a bad day and then go into overdrive the next day to make up for it just to still see bad grades.

3. Walking out in the middle of class isn't because you've bored us.


We walk out because something is not right mentally or emotionally. Maybe we can feel a panic attack or a breakdown or we just have intense anxiety and need to leave to take care of ourselves. It's not something you've done and being snarky by saying "Oh, I'm sorry, am I boring you?" makes it 100x worse.

4. If we come to you and open up about what's going on, please do your best to listen.


If I come to you and explain what's going on and how that's affecting my ability to learn in your class, I'm simply asking you to listen. I'm not asking for a free A or an easy ride, I'm simply asking you to meet me halfway and be understanding. I want to make it known to you that I appreciate you as a professor and that I want nothing more than to do well but there are issues preventing me from doing my absolute best. That's all.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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