Hello, all. I am currently a Freshman enrolled as a Biology major in the University of Scranton. I came all the way from Upstate NY and it is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from here to my hometown. It has been a about 1 1/2 months since I first moved in, and I am in the process (hopefully with success) of transferring to Siena College. I know what everyone says about sticking it out, but I think in my case it will be best.
I have suffered previously with extreme depression until 10th grade and I have psoriasis which I take two immune suppressants (which make me much more susceptible to germs and getting sick), in which the medicines also require constant maintenance and doctors appointments.
My skin has been freaking out from stress since I’ve been here, psoriasis spots are flaring up and I actually got two rashes from stress and a bacterial infection in my leg from stitches from a skin biopsy and my immune system not being able to fight it. Unfortunately, since I am so far away, it makes it almost impossible to get to my trusted medical help in my hometown, which I clearly need to go to often.
Currently I also do not really like my school. The academics are fine but the distance is not working for me. I’ve been struggling very very badly with depression since I’ve been here, and have tried multiple groups and counseling services but I cannot seem to shake these feelings of self hatred and loneliness. It feels impossible to even conquer the simplest of days, but that’s another story not worth going into right now. I have not made the best of friends here, but I am comfortable with the people I have met. But my family support has always been essential for me being confident mentally, and Siena is only about an hour away from home & in a town that I am very familiar with. They also do have a reputable Biology program, as well.
I apologize for the lengthy back story, but I feel it will help those who may respond to answer my question. My question is, is it possible to live on an off-campus apartment of your own and commute instead of on campus housing? My skin does not do well with stress and I find that it would be a better environment for me to study and feel comfortable. Will the likelihood be high of getting through health services for a non-residency waiver? All comments would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you