College: Tips for Cold Season

It's rapidly getting cold again (it's snowing in some of the northern states for Doctor's sake) and that means cold season is upon us. Half my campus has been sick lately. Being sick in college is nothing like being sick in high school.

If you live on campus, there's no mom to take care of you.

There's no such thing as taking a "sick day."

Your professors aren't just going to hand you a stack of missed homework when you get back.

On test days, you can't just take it the next day.

Here are some tips on how to get through it and get back to being healthy as quickly as you can.

Drink plenty of fluids
The biggest thing when you're sick is to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water or your favorite drink in your bag when you're running around campus. I also recommend tea, especially green tea.  

This is the best thing for getting better. If you have the chance to take a nap, do it. If not, try to relax and get as much sleep as possible. If you're sick, I don't recommend running around outside, especially if it's cold. The more running around you do, the more likely it's going to take longer for you to get better. 

Skip class only if you have to
On a similar note, don't skip class unless you have to. Sometimes it's better to skip class if it means you'll get more rest and recover faster. At the same time, it's hard to make up for lost class time in college. Even if you have someone to get the lecture notes from, it's not the same as being there and being able to write them down in a way that you'll be able to study from easier.

Keep food in your room 
I have a supply of food for cold season. Get whatever you like best and keep a little bit of it around. I have a couple cans of Campbell's Soup to Go, a ridiculous amount of tea, and a small cup of rice.


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