I am currently writing this post with a congested nose and a voice that could be mistaken for Kurt Cobain’s if we weren’t face-to-face. I’ve been back at school for a month now and I have already gotten sick. We all know being sick sucks, but being sick in college sucks even more. At school I do not have my mom to bring me my favorite chicken noodle soup (cliche, I know). I must fight off this cold all by myself while I try to complete three papers and study for two exams. Kill me now.

It’s not that I’m not used to being sick in school because trust me, I am. I have gotten sick each year I’ve been in college. Some years are worse than others. Luckily, this time around, I do not feel like I want to throw myself off the largest academic building on campus. Still, when you’re sick, it’s hard to get yourself out of bed and to class in the morning. Sure you could skip class, you are an adult who can make your own decisions, but when you think about all the material you’ll be missing and how your professor will notice that you’re not there, skipping doesn’t seem like the best option.

So, here’s my advice to my fellow college students who will inevitably be getting sick this school year:

Wash Your Hands:

It sounds like the simplest thing in the world. At a young age we were taught to always wash our hands. However, you’d be surprised at how many people I’ve seen leaving the bathroom without washing their hands. Gross, I know. In college you’re surrounded by hundreds, even thousands of students who are touching and sitting on the same things. It’s no surprise that everyone gets sick. So, just remember to keep clean and wash your hands. It’s the simplest and most effective way of keeping healthy on a germ infested campus.

Go to the Health Center:

The Health Center is one of the most useful buildings you have on campus. When you’re sick there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go get checked out or go to get some medicine. I mean, you’re already paying for it, so why not use it to your advantage? You can either go there to get checked out by an actual doctor or usually they have things like Advil or decongestant medicine in their hallways that you can take on the go. Trust me, it’s worth checking out.


Soup and Fluids:

When I’m sick I tend to start eating a lot more soup and drinking a lot more juices. Maybe it’s because as kids we are taught to believe that soup always helps when you’re sick, but I still find that to be true. When I have a cold or a stomach virus I just want to lie in bed with a nice warm bowl of soup. My preference? Either chicken noodle or Chickarina. When it comes to juices, I suggest apple or any kind of Gatorade. You got to replenish those electrolytes!



Another obvious one, but when you’re a college student sleep is sometimes hard to come by. You’re swamped with papers, tests, and assignments, who has time to sleep? But, getting no sleep is probably another factor in why students get sick during the school year. This past week I’ve been swamped with work and I know that if I stayed up late I would get a lot more done. But, knowing that pulling an all nighter would not do my health any good, I’ve been going to bed early, and let me tell you, it’s done wonders. I’ve woken up each morning feeling slightly better than I did the day before. So, I know you’ve got that big exam coming up, but try to get some rest!


Don’t Drink:

It’s the weekend and all of your friends are going out to a party, but you’re sick. You know you should stay in and rest, but you really don’t want to miss out on all the fun. So, you go out and drink. During the night, when you’re plastered, you might feel better than you had all week, but let me tell you, you’re going to feel like shit the next morning. Hangover + being sick = death. Alcohol does not help when you’re sick. If anything, it makes it even worse. Think of it this way: wouldn’t you rather miss one weekend of partying than an entire week of classes where you fall behind on all your material?


Now I’m not saying that by following all of these rules/suggestions, that you’ll be healed within a day. I’m no miracle worker. But I have found that continuing to follow these suggestions helps in the long run. So, good luck fighting off that cold or stomach virus and try not to spread it among your fellow students!

Published by Megan Wong