Monday, September 25, 2017

How to Survive Sickness in College

So the inevitable happened, you caught the freshman plague. I remember the first time I got sick freshman year, I had no idea what to do with myself and no idea how to make myself feel better. But since getting sick way too many times my freshman year, I’ve learned how to make the most of being sick while in college while also making sure to get better ASAP!
1. Go to Student Health
I know they probably won’t cure your illness and it’ll waste an hour of your day that you would much rather be sleeping, but if you get sick enough that you can’t go to class this is a lifesaver. Likely the receipt will be enough to excuse you from your classes/activities, save your real skips for when you need them.

2. Do the Bare Essentials
Say no to everything except what you absolutely have to do. Go to class if you can but say no to the club meetings and hanging out with your friends. Don’t worry you won’t miss out on too much.

3. Rest & Eat
Get your sleep. Go to bed early and eat every meal. If you don’t want to get out of bed be that annoying person and ask your friends to bring you some food, I promise they won’t mind. Plus, you’ll be doing it for them before long. But most importantly go to bed early!

4. Communicate
If you’re going to skip class because you’re sick, send your professor a nice email saying that. If you skip a meeting, let the leader know. People are understanding that sickness happens, but they are even more understanding if you communicate openly with them.

5. Be Courteous
Most likely you have a roommate and though they will inevitably get sick shortly after you be respectful and try to keep your germs as much away as possible. Use Lysol and hand sanitizer and just stay away from anything that you all share. Trust me when they’re sick and you’re not you’ll be happy they do the same.

Obviously, I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to tell you what medicines you should take. Call your mom or ask the doctor at student health. But I will say if you have a stuffy nose that just won’t go away try Afrin, it has been a lifesaver for me! I hope these tips are helpful in getting you feeling better in no time at all!

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