Managing Chronic Conditions

Managing a chronic condition can be overwhelming, but we don’t want it to interfere with your success at Furman. Chronic conditions refer to a wide range of medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases, migraines, epilepsy, psychological disorders, and more. Chronic conditions impact students on a daily basis, and we are here to help you access the resources you need!

STEPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Develop a regular schedule that includes adequate times for sleeping, eating, studying, exercising, and having fun!
  • Work ahead when possible, so if your condition is exacerbated, you are still on track.
  • Make time for yourself. Do something you love. This gives you a mental and physical break from the stress of college and managing your chronic condition.
  • Create a circle of support. You might be uncomfortable discussing your condition with many people, but at least consider telling those closest to you, such as your roommate, advisors, instructors, and resident assistant (RA). Keep in mind the Furman Counseling Center can be a helpful resource. To schedule an appointment call 864.294.3031 or visit them in the lower level of the Earle Student Health Center.
  • Make sure to communicate your needs with your instructor and be sure to visit them during office hours.
  • Don’t change your treatment plan/routine! Now is not the time to see how you do without medication or with a different medication. We recommend visiting the Earle Student Health Center to discuss how you will fill your prescription(s) while you are on campus.
  • Consider taking fewer classes if possible, and only take classes that work with your schedule. If you take medication in the morning and it doesn’t take effect until 10 a.m., try to avoid scheduling early morning classes. If you decide to take fewer classes, please make sure to communicate with SOAR.

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS)

Contact the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at cas@furman.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss the many services CAS has to offer. The Center is located in Room 002 on the lower level of the James B. Duke Library. The Center for Academic Success offers tutoring, assistance with writing, and help with time management and organization.