Sick in college

5 Reasons Being Sick In College Is The Absolute WORST

If you've never been sick in college, you'll never want to be after reading this.


It was probably two weeks into my freshman year when I began experiencing the dreaded symptoms of sickness: scratchy throat, runny nose, cough, fatigue, and so much more. If you've never experienced the unbearable pain of sickness in college (lucky you), try your best to avoid it. Otherwise, you'll go through hell as I did.

1. Getting up for your morning lectures is HARD. 

Bear Trying To Get Up

When you wake up with a splitting headache, blocked nose, dry throat, and an aching body, getting up will be furthest from what you would want to do. Imagine needing to get up for an 8 a.m. class and make that five times harder: that's what it feels like to get up for a morning lecture when you're dying from sickness.

2. Coughing in class. Period. 

Guy Coughing Up Blood

If you've ever had an uncontrollable cough during class, you understand the struggle of having the need to hold it in after a certain number of coughs. Being worried about disturbing your fellow peers or roommate even can make coughing a really big hassle.

3.  Battling a blocked nose with a whole lot of mucus.

Stewie Crying Tears And Snot

This might have been the worst of it for me: not only is there uncontrollable coughing in classes but also the sniffling and heavy breathing from having your nostrils blocked. Classes aren't even the worst of it. Trying to sleep or be comfortable with a blocked nose is one of the most unbearable feelings in the world. Oh, and later days bring more and more build-up of mucus by the way.

4.   What is talking? 

Little Boy Stuttering

When I got sick, the state of my throat progressively got worse every day. It starts with dryness with a bit of a cough, then comes the scratchiness and the pain, then comes the point where you can barely talk. This could be a struggle if you're a social person or trying to communicate for a project or assignment.

5. Socializing is hard. 

Spongebob Sitting On A Table Alone

When you're sick, not only are you not able to talk effectively, but you have to also follow the general rule of not spreading your sickness. This can make hanging out with other people much more tricky. You might even have friends that joke about avoiding you when you get sick, and honestly, I wouldn't blame them because being sick in college is not ideal.

To avoid getting into these situations, it might do you good to follow these tips: watch your hygiene and diet, take your vitamins, dress appropriately for the weather, sleep, exercise, and visit the clinic if you have to. And if you ever are too sick, it's okay to skip classes to benefit not just yourself, but also the people around you.

Popular Right Now

So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.


To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.


The nursing student with just one year left.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

12 Things Only People Under 30 Fully Understand

Only young millennials and Gen Z will know


Being a young adult in 2019 is full of a lot of random stuff that our parents and grandparents didn't have. We have more opportunities, different lifestyles, and just really weird stuff we didn't normal.

1. Our obsession with avocados

A super food with a huge place in our hearts.

2. College debt

An actual representation of me giving colleges my money, with no questions asked.

3. Buying jeans with wholes in them.

4. Memes

The hero we needed, but don't deserve

5. Gifs

A sort of sibling to the meme, but powerful in its own right.

6. Spending five dollars on coffee

Not a want, but a need

7. YouTube/Instagram influencers

They make the world go round.

8. Mason jars as cups, decorations basically anything that isn’t for their intended purpose.

So versatile

9. Our love of succulents

Why have kids when you could have ten cute succulents that don't talk back.

10. Renting instead of buying

Besides have like no actual financial stability, we prefer to live less conventional lives than our predecessors.

11. Our imminent downfall as a society

We never grew up in a time of prosperity, and also know the earth may be dying unless we make a significant change to how we treat it. I guess that’s what happens after we treat it like shit.

12. Being non-binary or gender fluid

A new concept where people don't have to conform to gender norms or even acknowledge them.


Related Content

Facebook Comments