College Survival Tips for Students with Chronic Illnesses
By: JLV College Counseling
College is an exciting time in a teen’s life. Students gain knowledge and learn skills that help to prepare them for their careers. They are also transitioning into adulthood; figuring out who they are and trying to find their way in the real world.
While college can be hard for anyone to adjust to, it is particularly difficult for those who are living with a chronic illness. Whether it’s diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, or any other chronic condition, an illness can severely impact a college student’s life. It interrupts routines, makes it hard to establish and maintain relationships, impacts on-campus living; in other words, having a chronic illness can have an adverse effect on the entire college experience.
While having a chronic illness can certainly make college more challenging, there are ways that students can prepare themselves so that they can better manage a specific condition and get the most out of their collegiate career.
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