Living in Utica, the weather tends to be quite unpredictable at times. It goes from being chilly in the morning, warmer in the afternoon, and then back to chilly again. Sometimes we are not prepared for what the weather is going to be like, resulting in us not dressing properly. That combined with experiencing different temperatures throughout the day can result in becoming sick.
Another reason why most college students become sick this time of year is because they are not as cautious as they should be about germs. Living in close spaces with other individuals is a great thing, but can be a bad thing at the same time. It is awesome living so close to your friends, but if one of them is getting sick, you need to be careful.
Here are some tips to stop those sniffles:
- Be Prepared. Make sure you have medicine, tissues, and anything else that will get you by while you are not feeling well.
- Visit the Health Center. Walk-ins are from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m., Monday-Friday. If you are not free at that time, you can stop in or call to make an appointment.
- Call Home. No matter how independent you may be, sometimes you just need your parents’ input. Remember, they have been taking care of you for many years before you came to college. They know what is best for you.
- Take a Break. College is stressful enough as it is, and being sick doesn’t make it any better. Do not overwork yourself… that will definitely not make you feel any better. Slow down.
- Ask for Help. There are many resources on campus that are willing to help you. If you cannot make it to the Health Center, you can always ask you friends, or even your RA. Speaking as an RA, we are always willing to help when someone is in need.
- Drink Fluids. Drink water, drink water, drink water. I cannot stress that enough. Fun fact: approximately 9 cups of water is your daily requirement.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Miss Class. If you are not feeling well enough to get out bed, don’t make yourself feel worse by going to class. Professors here at Utica College are very understanding when it comes to being sick. Make sure you contact them about your condition but do not lie about being sick; they will find out.
- Get Sleep. Sleep is very important and nothing feels better than a good night’s sleep when you aren’t feeling well. Don’t forget that, sick or not, sleep is very important.