5 Reasons Being Sick In College Is The Absolute Worst

5 Reasons Being Sick In College is the Absolute Worst

Trust me, being sick in college is 10x worse than being sick any other time.


Everyone gets sick. It's a known fact. You get sick, I get sick, even your mom gets sick! If you're like me, you take for granted being healthy. I won't get sick for months and then all of sudden, BAM! I have a runny nose, a fever, and a cough. Throughout this time, all I can think about is how two days ago, I was able to breathe just fine. Now, I'm struggling to breathe, eat, and sleep.

However, we all must admit that having a cold or having the flu while you're all alone and away from your family in college is so much harder than when you were sick in middle school.

Here are five reasons why this is unbelievably true.

1. You're away from your family.

So... admit it. When you were home and sick in the past, your mom or your dad took care of you. They cooked you soup, took your temperature, put a wet towel on your forehead... This whole shebang. Now, however, you're on your own and you have to cook for yourself, take your own temperature, and get out of bed to do everything you need to do.

2. You have to get your own medicine. 

When you're at home, your parents have all the meds you could ever need. Dayquil, Nyquil, Tylenol, Advil... the list goes on. When you're living on your own, you're probably lucky if you have some Advil. The worse part is, medicine is expensive. We have to break our own banks when before, everything was provided for you.

3. College classes are much more important. 

Don't get me wrong, all school is important. Whether it's elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. However, we all must admit that missing class in college is a lot worse. You have so much more on the line. Missing one class could possibly drop you a whole letter grade, between possible attendance points, in class assignments, and knowledge for the exams.

4. You know less people in your college classes.

So let's say you feel so sick you miss class. I feel like getting notes or assignments from your classmates is much harder in college. At least in your high school classes, you know everyone for the most part. However, it's very different in college. Classes are larger and you're grouped with people from all over the state and even country. You're lucky if you know one person.

5. Food. 

I think everyone struggles with food in college despite being sick. Everyone's used to eating out or in-class to their parents cooking meals for them. When you're sick, your parents can cook soup for you or pick up some for you. However, when you're off in college, who's going to do that for you? You'll be too tired to go get soup on your own and your parents will be too far away.

So there you have it. Being sick definitely sucks, but being sick in college is the absolute worst. You're away from your comfy bed, you're away from your caring parents, and your classes are much harder. It's almost as if everything is working against you.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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