Lately, I've started back to my spring semester of my sophomore year in a pretty healthy place.
I'm working on self care, being organized, finding the right antibiotic, and all together focusing on being the best I can be. We're past the half way point in the semester now, which is crazy to me, and I am busier than ever!
One thing has been truly bothering me though. When people hear all that I'm involved in on campus they look at me in shock. "But your sick, don't you just relax when you're not in class? Sleep?".
No I don't. Crazy right? Actually sleep is normally the last thing I get to do!
Thanks to amazing doctors and support from my family, I have the ability to be super involved this semester!
I'm a member of the Informed Citizens Discussion Groups, the Academic Affairs Secretary as a Representative for the University College in the Student Government Association's Undergraduate Congress, I'm a part of the pre-communication sciences and disorders club, the linguistics club, Kappa Gamma Epsilon Honor Society for Modern Languages, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, a founding member of a new honor society on campus, and lastly I'm in the middle of rushing Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity which I am the Pledge Class President of. I love to help paint the banners and letters for my organizations, like the galentine's banner for Delta Gamma and help anyone else in my activities with whatever they ask of me. I'm even applying to work at the Gender Equality Center as a Step in, Speak out Leader
I volunteer at least 4-5 hours each week, have, at the very least, 1 meeting a day (it's more like 3-4 when you look at my schedule), and get the chance to expand my academic and personal interests this semester. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not in a meeting, going to an event, listening to a forum, or speaking with my constituents.
It's so exciting and makes me so happy, I can't help using all of the exclamation points. I get to work on being a well rounded student and cultivate skills that I wouldn't be able to do without being involved, like writing legislation for congress or working on my social skills. I love every minute of it!
All of these take up my time outside of class. I run from meeting to meeting, mixer to legislation writing, service and volunteering opportunities, and events for many of these organizations. This is something I would never have been able to do last semester, or even last year. I am proud to say that I have really settled in to college life and finally found a balance.
Not only am I involved, but I'm finishing off a minor in Linguistics and applying to the Allied Health program at the Health Science Center Campus this semester. Plus, I'm taking difficult classes that I love to push myself in.
So for those of you who have ever questioned if a college student who is chronically ill can be involved on their campus, they can! If you're going to college in the fall and you question whether or not you can be involved, let me know and I'll help you find out how. It's all about looking for what you're passionate about and paying attention to the campus wide emails.
For me, it takes a lot of planning and knowing when I've pushed myself too far, and that took a lot of experience to figure that out. Everyone finds their niche in campus, even those who are disabled.
I'm lucky enough to be involved in things that I'm passionate about like politics, honors societies, my major, and so much more. Because I'm working towards remission, these activities give me something to fight for and focus on. Plus, I love being a busy bee!