Find a Support Network
Why is this important? Even if you do not have a chronic illness, attending a new college or university is a big deal. There are lots of new things going on in your life, which is exciting. However, there are many new stressors in your life that you may not have had to deal with before. You will need someone to talk to when things get particularly difficult. (Not listed in any particular order)
- Medical Support – Keep in touch with your care team to make sure your health is in good condition during this stressful time. If you keep them well-informed, they can also give objective advice on whether you are pushing yourself too hard.
- Support Groups – Some universities have support groups to help students cope with a range of issues. If your university of choice has these, you should take advantage of them. There may also be support groups locally run by nonprofits such as the Epilepsy Foundation. This is a great way to talk about your problems with people who have similar issues.
- Friends – Whether you met them online or in person, a good friend will know what to say when you are having a bad day.
- Family – Some people like to talk things through with family members when a particularly difficult issue comes up.
This is not meant to be a complete list. If I missed any, please comment and let me know.