Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tips for the CF College Kid

Hey y'all! So as y'all know I have been to three colleges so I kind of consider myself an expert on college. One day I may even graduate. I have had some ups and downs throughout my ongoing college experience so I figured I would share some tips for all you kids heading off to college this fall.

Chelsea's College Tips

  • Do not overpack. This is crucial because your mom will be taking some stuff back home when she leaves you. Your dorm room is not that big, especially when you have to share it. You will not use a quarter of the stuff you bring, I can almost guarantee it. That cool lap desk thing? It will sit under your bed. Make sure you have all of your health stuff!
  • You will not need those 50 shirts from high school. You will get tons of free shirts.
  • Bring a power strip. There will not be enough outlets for all your things especially once you have your vest and breathing machine going.
  • A plastic 3 drawer compartment thing will come in handy to hold all your medicines and CF supplies. If you do not have CF, it is still pretty handy.
  • Use ratemyprofessor.com when registering for classes. You will know what to expect from the class and what to expect from the professor. But keep in mind just because some people do not care for a professor does not mean you will hate him too.
  • Get out of your dorm. I repeat, get out of your dorm and make friends.
  • If you happen to be in your dorm, leave your door open. Believe me, that is how you make friends. People will just walk into your room and BAM instant friends.
  • If you go to a party, pour your own drink and watch it the whole party. Do not put it down, this even applies to just soda.
  • Do not go off with people you do not know well. I know that sounds like common sense but you will meet so many people in college that you'll feel more comfortable than you should with a stranger. 
  • You might decide to drink- make sure you have a friend with you.
  • Stay away from smoke-no brainer.
  • Be organized- you will lose stuff if you are not.
  • If you have CF, be upfront with your roommate and suite mates or get a private room. This eliminates you having to sneak in treatments like I tried to do for the first few weeks. They will understand. If they do not, request a new room or sit down and talk through a solution, such as you doing treatments when she is in class or her leaving when you need to do them.
  • Also  sign up with student disability services. I know it may not be something you want to do, but it is better to do it now just in case than having to do it as you are sitting in the hospital. Plus you usually get to register early- better classes!
  • Make time for your treatments- its going to be hard at first. You're going to want to skip to do other things but it really is important to make time.
  • Take your enzymes because the college cafeteria is going to mess your stomach up.
  • With that being said, always have enzymes on you because you will never know when you will eat.
  • Make sure you have lots of snacks and little microwave meals. Some dorms even have a kitchen you can cook in. You might not feel like going to the cafeteria or you may get hungry when it is closed. My roommate and I lived off CVS pre-packaged subs for a week because we kept missing dining hours. Gross- I know.
  • Your roommate does not have to be your best friend but you do want to get along. I loved all my roommates. They are fantastic.
  • College finals are going to stress you out but they will end and you will be fine.
  • Get plenty of sleep. All nighters are not as cool as they seem.
  • Bring air freshener for that shared bathroom!
  • If you can avoid it, do not buy your textbooks from the bookstore. It will drain you financially. Try chegg.com, amazon.com, half.com, and other textbook sites. They are usually much less expensive.
  • Also try to sell your books back to those sites or to other students. The bookstore will not give you much. After spending over $550 on textbooks, I got $30 back at the end of the semester. No joke.
  • Do not sign up for 8am classes if you do not normally like to get up early. You will skip. Do not think just because you got up in high school that you will get up for that class.
  • Do the extra credit.
  • Keep a calendar with everything due.
  • Make a schedule including treatments and medicine and such.
  • It is a lot easier to be upfront about your CF with people in college. It really is.
  • It is really easy to get run down in college. Trust me because it happened to me. You have to stay on top of your health.
  • Have fun but stay healthy!!
All right y'all...that is my list so far. If I think of anymore I will add to it of course. Feel free to post your own tips in the comment section.

2 comments:

  1. I tried to hide my CF from my college roommate for a while too. Big mistake! She ended up telling my RA I was bulimic because I was skinny, drank Ensure (she thought it was a diet drink) and she heard me doing treatments one evening when coming home and thought I was throwing up. Yikes. Needless to say, I never hid my CF from a roommate again!

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    1. Sorry to get back to you so late! Oh my goodness at least she was concerned! It is just not even worth the trouble trying to hide it! It comes out eventually. Hopefully people learn from our experiences!!

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