I had mono the first 2 months of college

I Had Mono For The First 2 Months Of College: Here's What I Learned

First lesson that I learned: It sucks.


I came into my freshman year like most: excited, nervous, and ready to experience all the fun and excitement that college brings. My first night was probably like most, I met a lot of people, explored the campus, and went out with some new-found friends. When I woke up the next morning, however, I felt terrible, and not for the typical reasons most college students wake up on a Saturday morning feeling poorly. My head and throat hurt, I felt achy, and overall pretty lousy. I assumed it was a cold though, so I decided to power through. I continued to go to all my classes and go out with my friends, hoping it would get better, despite how terrible I continued to feel.

I had an incredibly frequent and horrible cough, was extremely lethargic and achy, and had a migraine that almost never went away. After three weeks passed and I felt no relief in symptoms, I finally decided it was time to go to the health center. It took the doctor about 30 seconds after hearing my symptoms to tell me exactly what I did not want to hear: not only did I have mono, but because it is a virus there is no antibiotic or medicine, and I will most likely continue to feel the symptoms for another 3-4 weeks. I would be lying if I said I didn't cry after hearing this.

After a (very) tearful phone call with my mom, we decided I would have to make a lot of adjustments to my schedule in order to get better. This meaning that the only two things I could do was go to class and sleep. This was the last thing I wanted to hear, but I knew she was right. So that's exactly what I did, I went to class, studied and did homework, then went to bed. My doctor excused me from classes for an additional three weeks, so I was able to get some extensions on assignments. However, I decided I should still go to class so I would not fall too far behind. And although these were a very boring 3 weeks, I learned a lot from it. My friends would get me sick meals from the diner when I felt too sick to get out of bed, and when coming back from a night out, they were sure to fill me in on everything.

Most importantly, I learned the importance of taking care of myself away from home. I learned how important it is to put your health first, not only when you're sick, but at all times, especially at the beginning of college when you no longer have your parents there to take care of you. I forced me to eat healthily and go to sleep at a reasonable hour, and even though I am finally mono-free, I continue to do this. It taught me that it is okay to take a night in after a tiring week and that you really won't miss that much. It was an exhausting 2 months, but I made it through with a lot of new lessons.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."


Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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