#tbt to the first seven-ish weeks of fall semester when I was on crutches. I forget sometimes that that part of my life happened. It came up the other weekend when I was talking to some friends and everyone agreed that being on crutches would be terrible. While it was pretty bad at times, there were actually a decent amount of positives that came out of the whole situation.
- They’re a built in arm-workout. I live on the second floor of a building without an elevator. I probably could have gotten a first floor room temporarily, but I didn’t want to leave my roommates. Crutching up and down steps and to class every day was tiring at first, but then my arms suddenly had muscle after a couple weeks. It makes up for all the sitting around I did while on crutches.
- I never had to move for in-class assignments. Everyday during one of my classes, we count off and move into groups. Since I couldn’t easily carry my laptop from desk to desk, my group always came to me.
- I was such a productive student. When you’re on crutches, you can’t do as much as you want to. I would get so bored of sitting around that I would just do homework all the time. At one point, I was a week ahead on my work. As a procrastinator, this was a whole new experience for me.
- Handicap parking. As an on-campus resident, my car is supposed to be parked in the lot that takes about five minutes to walk to. Since I was on crutches, I got to keep my car behind my dorm. I wasn’t allowed to drive with my cast, but it was convenient when we went out and other people drove my car.
- Sketchy elevators aren’t scary after awhile. My dorm doesn’t have an elevator, but the academic buildings do. Some are kinda sketch. I got stuck a grand total of three times. The first time was kinda scary but then you just get used to it.
- I was reminded of how many awesome friends I have. Shout out to everyone who carried my plate in the cafeteria, filled my water bottle, and drove me to Walmart. I couldn’t do as much because of the lack of mobility, but my friends are great and would hang out with me instead of going out and doing things that I couldn’t.