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Getting Sick in College

 Written by    February 1, 2018

Your worst nightmare: You’re sick, away from home, and realize there’s no one here to take care of you.

Okay, maybe it’s not your worst nightmare, but it can be pretty bad when you have a mile to walk to class and midterms coming up. And on a big campus with thousands of students, it’s pretty easy for germs to spread and students to get sick. You should definitely be doing everything you can to prevent it, but here are a few tips for if and when you do get sick:

  • Bring medicine with you when you move into your dorm.

Waiting until you get sick to buy medicine means that you’re going to have to take a very miserable walk to CVS to buy some medicine. You’ll make things a lot easier on yourself if you come prepared with cough syrup, Tylenol, tissues, etc.

  • Don’t forget your water bottle.

Drinking lots of water will help ease your symptoms, so don’t forget to fill it up every morning.

  • Make sure you get enough sleep.

Your body needs more sleep to fight off an illness, so make sure you allow yourself time to rest. Plus, you won’t be able to focus during the day if you aren’t well-rested.

  • It’s okay to miss class.

If you’re like me, missing class is the last thing you want to do. But sometimes missing class is the best thing that you can do. Just make sure to email your professors and let them know what’s going on. You can ask classmates for notes later.

  • Know that you’ll survive!

Being sick isn’t fun, but it won’t last forever. The more time you allow yourself to rest, the more quickly you’ll recover!


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