Out of the numerous experiences past and even more to come, for a lot of us, college will be the one to stand out as the one thing we actually miss about being in our late teens and early 20’s.
Part of my job at the Telefund is to speak to K-State alumni and ask them about their college careers, and in a year and a half and more than a thousand alumni later, not one has told me they’d take their college experience back -student loans, financial stress and all.
This blog is based on recent and personal experience.
We shall begin with the basic denial that you are actually sick, or that anything is really wrong. This starts with the first few sniffles, accompanied by thoughts like “I’m fine. It’s just a little runny nose. I’m probably just allergic to… these socks. Or my engineering physics homework. Yes, that’s it. Let’s blame physics,” and “How can I produce this much mucus? This must be almost done.”
BUT IT HAS ONLY BEGUN.
Anger happens when your mind turns against your body for being sick. Thoughts like “I can’t be throwing up! I didn’t have THAT many cheeseburgers!” and “Really sinuses? You are doing this now? Don’t you know I have 3,827.5 things to do!”
3. Bargaining/Begging for Mercy
When you are sick, you will call for help from any source. You will start with frantically calling and texting your mom. “MOOOM! I’ve contracted the plague plus mad cow disease and may also have a leprosy!” “MOOOOM! I am sickkkk. What do I do?! This is the worst!” “Dad, can you give the phone to Mom please. I’m sick. No I don’t need money, but I’m not going to complain if you transfer some to my account.”
You will also ask your roommate to bring you soup. Or water. Or watch as you attempt to swallow a large pill because you have a fear of choking to death alone. Don’t worry, this probably won’t be the weirdest thing you ever ask your roommate to do.
This phase is characterized by relentless whining, pathetic moaning and general lethargy. “Help… I can’t reach the remote.” “Help… I can’t reach my phone.” “Help… I can’t reach my elbow.” There may also be perceived arm-shortening in this stage.
This is where you decide to buckle down and cure yourself. You will drink more water, rest, and go to sleep before 2:00 a.m. You will take medicine. You will go to Lafene Health Center. You will get better and think “Huh, maybe if I take care of myself at the first sign of illness next time, it won’t get so bad.” Then next time you feel the germs are after you, you will forget all wisdom you gained this time, and the cycle shall repeat.
Whether you live in a residence hall, apartment, tent, or igloo, we are a family. We breathe the same air everyday, and we are in this cold and flu season together. If you feel yourself getting sick, don’t be Taylor Swift and shake it off. Call Lafene, call your mom, and get better.
Big changes happen in college. Yes, mentally… you learn some things, but usually you experience some physical changes as well. We’re all familiar with the “freshman 15” which, unfortunately, seems a little too easy to accomplish. Some of you may be terrible cooks, especially compared to your parents’ (In my case, my mama’s) home cooking. Unless you’re blessed with the Derb’s meal plan, you may even experience weight loss. Whatever your situation, making your health a priority is something we should all take seriously. It may seem hard to do this with your new class schedule and the desire to watch multiple hours on Netflix to de-stress, but making time for exercise and nutrition can help you stay calm, prepare you for class, and may reduce the risk of getting the bug that everyone seems to be catching this week. K-State has some great resources to look into… and they are actually fun. Here are a few different ideas for you to try out your first semester without horizontal running (watch Pitch Perfect if you want to be cool and get that reference).
1.) The Konza Prairie is an ideal place for a relaxing hike. There are three different loops for you to hike depending on your fitness level. Go with a group or by yourself and enjoy being out in the wideopen space. The views will take your breath away, as well as the insanely long hill. This should be on everyone’s collegiate bucket list to do before they graduate. It takes a little time to drive there, but I promise it’s worth it. BONUS: If you’re a selfie lover, this is your perfect opportunity to snap a new profile pic, as well.
2.) Radina’s coffee shop is a great place to drink a green Smoothie from . A Radina’s is conveniently located right on campus in the Staley School of Leadership Studies. They’re delicious and jam packed with fruits and veggies. Plus, if you have a Campus Special coupon book they usually have a “buy one get one free drink “ ticket at the beginning of the semester. Go with a friend and help your body fight off the cold this fall.
3.) UFM has some great classes that you can sign up for. You can take these for credit or non-credit (the cheaper option). These classes range from archery to belly dancing -which I may or may not have signed up for already… Signing up for a class can help you stay committed, plus it’s a great way to learn a new skill and meet new friends.
4.) Utilize the Rec. It’s free for students if you’re a full time student (don’t forget to bring your ID). You don’t have to be a body builder to enjoy the resources it provides. The Rec offers free classes including Zumba, yoga, body pump,etc….. For a full schedule check it out online (http://recservices.k-state.edu/). Also, the rock-climbing wall is legit and provides a really fun, amazing arm work out without picking up the weights.
5.) The Natatorium is another free resource. Like to swim? Swimming is low impact (perfect if you’re dealing with any injuries), but still offers a killer workout. If you’re feeling brave, the high dive is a way to get your adrenaline kick and help those endorphins flow. Happy thoughts peeps.
6.) Manhattan Running Company (http://manhattanrunningco.com/) has products to help enhance your workout. A local store in Manhattan that specializes in making sure you are in the proper gear. Making sure you’re in the right shoe is crucial to how you perform and helping prevent you from getting injured. When you only have ten minutes to catch your next class on campus, you know how important comfy shoes are. Plus the owners are awesome. They’re also my bosses 🙂
Remember, these are just a few suggestions to help you get the semester off to a healthy start! If you can think of more ideas, please comment below! I would love to hear how you take time for yourself to keep physically and mentally balanced. As a bonus, being in excellent shape will support all that tailgating and wabashing at the next home game. EMAW.
Last Thursday, I had the amazing opportunity to hear Lieutenant General Russel Honoré speak in regards to his leadership position in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was very informational, and he’s a great motivational speaker. I got to watch the Cats play again on Saturday. This game wasn’t as exciting, but we got our second big win! I had another great weekend, and then I started feeling a little under the weather.
I went to bed really early on Sunday night and got well over my average of 4 hours of sleep per night. I really didn’t want to be sick this week, because I had an oral report and a test on Tuesday, a paper due and a test on Wednesday, and another test on Thursday! I visited Lafene, the K-State Student Health Center, on Monday and Tuesday. It’s a great place with nice people and affordable healthcare for students, but unfortunately, it takes a really long time to get to a doctor even when you have an appointment. Now I’m feeling much better though, so it was definitely worth the wait! I’m heading home for the weekend to hopefully get back to full health and catch up on some sleep. College has been so fun, insanely busy, and super stressful; I can’t wait for a weekend of relaxation!