10 Tidbits, Tips, And Tricks About Being Sick In College

10 Tidbits, Tips, And Tricks About Being Sick In College

Some tips to prevent and help that nasty sickness.
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Being sick is never fun, but it's even less fun when you're in college. Away from home, away from help, and you've got to get to that class. Coming from a bed-ridden, sniffly girl: here are ten little tidbits, tips, and tricks about not getting sick in college! (And what to do if you are.)

1. Don't Abuse The Excused Absences!

They look really tempting when you really don't want to get up for that eight A.M, but when you're deathly ill you're going to want to get up even less. Save the absence for a rainy day (or a sick day). Gone are the days of high school where mom could call you out and it's easy to make up work.

2. Tissues, Tissues, Tissues!

You can never have too many boxes of tissues on a regular basis, but when you're getting sick you're going to want them even more. Pick up a bunch when you feel yourself getting sniffly.

3. Hand Sanitizer is Your Best Friend

College dorms, and even apartments, are a breeding ground for germs that will get you seriously sick. Use your hand sanitizer and try to avoid touching your face and eyes! Wash your hands as much as possible without overdoing it, and don't get too near anyone who's sick. (Tip: I use Clorox wipes on everything in my room!)

4. Sleepy Time

If you don't have to be in class or go to work, take a nap. Naps are the best thing in the world. Take as many of them a day as you can. I mean this. (But don't forget your homework.)

5. Stock up on Healthy Foods and Soup

The toughest thing about being sick in college is that food is not always readily accessible. If you live in a dorm with no kitchen attached, you have to leave your room for the dining hall. Try to grab some extra bananas, apples, and other fruits and veggies to eat, and find some soup that's easy to pop in the microwave. It might not be mom's homemade chicken noodle, but it'll help.

6. Ask Your Friends For Help

I'm very fortunate to have a few really awesome friends at college, and they've helped me out a lot while I've been sick. You'll find out who your true friends are when you need them. Friends who will bring you medicine and hot tea will make you feel more at home than ever.

7. Drink Water!

Drink it. Really. A lot of it. A gallon a day. (Maybe not that much but you get my point.) And, lay off the caffeine, as if dehydrates you. That pained me to write.

8. Utilize Your School's Health Services

Thankfully I only have a bad cold, so I haven't had to visit the doctor, but if your symptoms keep getting worse and no amount of medicine is helping, so see the health center. That's what they're there for!

9. Email Your Professors

If you're going to have to skip class, the best way to mitigate an angry response is to let them know what's going on first. Most professors will understand let you know what you'll miss, and some just won't have time. Cut your losses and just let them know.

10. Try Working Out

This doesn't always work, and sometimes you just feel too terrible, but if you can muster up the energy sometimes it helps to sweat out the fever/toxins taking over your body. My go-to workout is always yoga because you can pick your own pace and focus on your breathing. Try it out!

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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21 Quotes From Twyla Tharp's 'The Creative Habit' That Will Fuel Your Artistic Self

Use your half-baked ideas for good!

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Twyla Tharp is a master dancer and choreographer. She's worked with the world's most prestigious artists to create works that will withstand the test of time. She published her book "The Creative Habit" as a viewing window for seeing into her creative process. Tharp offers both hard truths and gently encouraging words for both serious artists and everyday people just trying to expand their circle of knowledge about art. I compiled some quotations from the book that were profound, useful and to-the-point when it comes to examining artistic development.

1. "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way."

You get some creativity! YOU get some creativity! Everyone gets creativity!

2. "If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge."

3. "Everything that happens in my day is a transaction between the external world and my internal world. Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity."

4. "In the end, there is no one ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn't scare you, doesn't shut you down."

5. "Someone has done it before? Honey, it's all been done before. Nothing's really original. Not Homer or Shakespeare and certainly not you. Get over yourself."

Ouch. Toes stepped on.

6. "Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself. Metaphor is our vocabulary for connecting what we're experiencing to what we have experienced before."

"It's *literally* like this..."

7. "...get busy copying. Traveling the paths of greatness, even in someone else's footprints, is a vital means to acquiring skill."

Choose your muse wisely!

8. "You can't just dance or paint or write or sculpt. Those are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun..."

9. "When you're in scratching mode, the tiniest microcell of an idea will get you going. Musicians know this because compositions rarely come to them whole and complete. They call their morsels of inspiration lines or riffs or hooks or licks. That's what they look for when they scratch for an idea."

You know you look crazy, but press on, baby ideas in hand!

10. "It doesn't matter if it's a book, magazine, newspaper, billboard, instruction manual, or cereal box -- reading generates ideas, because you're literally filling your head with ideas and letting your imagination filter them for something useful."

"Alexa, play the Reading Rainbow theme song."

11. "...there's a fine line between good planning and overplanning. You never want the planning to inhibit the natural evolution of your work."

Screw this global need for instant information. You gotta just let things run their course sometimes.

12. "Habitually creative people are, in E.B. white's phrase, 'prepared to be lucky.' You don't get lucky without preparation, and there's no sense in being prepared if you're not open to the possibility of a glorious accident. In creative endeavors luck is a skill."

Twyla Tharp is really just a more Type A version of Bob Ross.

13. "I know it's important to be prepared, but at the start of the process this type of perfectionism is more like procrastination. You've got to get in there and do."

14. "You're only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft. Craft is where our best efforts begin. You should never worry that rote exercises aimed at developing skills will suffocate creativity."

15. "That's what the great ones do: They shelve the perfected skills for a while and concentrate on their imperfections."

16. "Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above your craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. combining the two is the essence of the creative life."

17. "My heroes are those who've prevailed over far greater losses than I've ever had to face."

18. "Part of the excitement of creativity is the headlong rush into action when we latch onto a new idea. Yet, in the excitement, we often forget to apply pressure to the idea, poke it, challenge it, push it around, see if it stands up. Without that challenge, you never know how far astray your assumptions may have taken you."

19. "...there's a lesson here about finding your groove. Yes, you can find it via a breakthrough in your craft. But you can also find it in other means -- in congenial material, in a perfect partner, in a favorite character or comfortable subject matter."

20. "A math professor at Williams College bases ten percent of his students' grades on failure. Mathematics is all about trying out new ideas -- new formulas, theorems, approaches -- and knowing that the vast majority of them will be dad ends. To encourage his students not to be afraid of testing their quirkiest ideas in public, he rewards rather than punishes them for coming up with wrong answers."

This approach would've been so helpful.

21. "I began as a dancer, and in those days of pain and shock I went back to where I started. Creating dance is the thing I know best. It is how I recognize myself. Even in the worst of times, such habits sustain, protect, and, in the most unlikely way, lift us up."

Take Twyla's knowledge and have fun exploring creativity in your personal life!

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