I agree with the school stresses. My cousin juts became a surgeon, and she has colitis worse than me. She has done anything and everything to get by, so, whatever works. It might take a lot of tries to find something, as you have probably read on here already.
I hear from all places that food is not a factor, but it could be... I know for me, any food you can get at a restaurant that would make a 'normal' person think twice I can't eat. I've tried, and about ten minutes after I get these horrible pains on my left side, and then I spend the rest of the night/day in the bathroom. If you want to figure out which foods bother you, try eliminating certain chunks of thing such as wheat, grains, dairy... Things like that. I was on a Celiac screening watch for a while there, so while my results were being processed I took a vacation from wheat, grains, and gluten foods. That had no effect, but, at least I know that now.
I'm in college too. I found out I had colitis 6 months after experiencing the worst flare of my life which happened around finals week of 2006. Yay.... It got me anemic, I lost a ton of weight and I looked like a poor starving child. I was a shadow of my former self. It's taken me all of two years to get back to kind of how I once was, and I'm still struggling. I am still here though. And smiling. Hopefully you can have good luck with treatments.
21 years old
Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007
Taking Lialda 3x a day, and just started taking Entocort(3 pills/day) on 5/29/08. Started to taper off on the steroid, but, that proved to be bad..
Severely anemic, was taking 3 65mg iron tablets a day, now just down to 1 because my hemoglobin levels are almost normal, and I cannot stand the stomach aches I get from all that iron. However, I was down to just 1 Entocort a few days ago and started to have a flare, so, I might have ruined my levels again. =/