What It's Like To Be Sick In College, Surprise, It's Not Fun

There's Nothing Spookier Than The Tale Of A College Student Who Gets Sick During Midterms

You're the student who coughs loudly when there is silence during lecture... and it's a living nightmare.

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'Tis the season of fall where the colors on the trees are changing and Halloween is about to start. However, have you ever woken up one day and notice the weather is weird? In the morning, there is some breeze coming along so you decided to wear a sweatshirt as you walk to class. However, as the day progresses and it reaches 2 pm, it is sunny and 75 degrees. You get hot and begin to get sweaty.

You ask yourself and say, " Damn, this crazy weather. I don't even know what to wear for this day." So after you reflect your thoughts on the weather and your class starts. The lecture is being taught and all of a sudden your best friend, roommate, or the person sitting next to you sneezes. Not just once... but three times. Then you hear various sniffling sounds from the crowd and that's when you realize flu season is now in.

You think to yourself and say, " Oh no." So what do you do? You try to be polite to your fellow peers and talk with them, but you try TO AVOID BEING SICK. You know you got an exam coming up in one of your classes and you can't pay the consequences of missing it or trying to miss a day of classes.

So you start to take caution. You put on hand sanitizer, stay at a distance from your friends, and try to stay healthy. Things are going well and as days pass, you think you have beaten the common cold. Your exam is within a few days and you feel like a million bucks.

You wake up the next morning and you feel different. You feel tired in your joints and then you sneeze. Not once... but 3 times. The next thing you know you have a raspy throat. Tis the season, congrats you got the cold. You tried to protect yourself, but you couldn't run away from it. No matter how hard you try to stay healthy, eventually you will get the common cold one day or another.

It's over, you have a cold now. You're the student who coughs loudly when there is silence during lecture. You're the one making sniffling noises. The roles have now switched. The people you knew who was once sick, is now cured. Now it is your turn. You feel body aches, warmth, and constantly coughing/sneezing. You go to the doctors and turns out you may have something more intense than the average cold. It could be the flu, bronchitis etc. and you can not attend class. You have an excused absence and your exam is tomorrow.

When you heard the news, one side of you was glad that you can actually rest and lay in bed. Another side of you is freaking out because that means you will probably be behind in most of your classes. You will have to make up your exams and such. A bittersweet moment you might say. Well, think you think to yourself, " What do I do now?" You can do the exam and yet not go to your classes, or go to bed and think about this later.

What do you guys do in this situation? Have you taken an exam while you nearly close to dozing off or have you taken a break and made it up later? Hope you enjoyed this and brought some summer to you.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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