9 Ways To Avoid Getting The Plague

9 Ways To Avoid Getting The Plague

Save yourself this flu season

Flu season is here people, and personally, I am feeling the brunt of it. People are getting sick everywhere and soon enough everyone you know, including yourself, will be sick. College is a breeding ground for illness and there is no avoiding it. Here are some tips (obvious or not) that will help you attempt to stay safe from the plague.

1. Wash Your Hands

This one is the most obvious and the most commonly said, but probably the least done. It takes 20 seconds, warm water, and soap. Done. Minimal effort for maximum effect for killing germs. Phones, computers, surfaces, etc are things we constantly touch every day, which are FULL of germs. Washing your hands will greatly reduce the opportunity of getting sick!

2. Use Purell

Okay, if washing your hands is really too hard for you, then Purell, or other hand sanitizers are the way to go. These come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy for you to carry them in your backpack, pocket, purse, etc. One simple squirt or spray and 99% of germs on your hands will be killed. How convenient.

3. Don't Share Drinks

Whether it's water or a drink at the bar, don't share drinks!!!!!!! This is such an easy and underrated way to get sick. "Try this" is something that's said numerous times during a night out as someone is brave enough to deviate from their favorite drink. This is direct contact with the person's germs and is one of the most direct ways to fall ill. I know it's hard but refraining from this could save you a week's worth of coughing and headaches.

4. Get Your Flu Shot

This is another one that's obvious, but it's scary how many college kids don't do this. If you haven't done so already, do it! It's annoying to take time out of your busy day to trek it to the health center or nearest CVS, but the results will be worth your while. This simple thing is meant to save you from the plague and without it, you are more susceptible to a world of gross and painful illness.

5. Drink LOTS of Water

Forcing the fluids is an amazing way to stay healthy. You can literally flush out illnesses before they've manifested themselves with water. This is a way to stay ahead of the game and out of trouble before it's too late.

6. Keep Vitamin C Levels High

Another way to stay ahead of the game. Whether it's drinking orange juice, taking EmergenC, or taking vitamin C pills, keeping your levels high will help your body fight against illnesses before they have even arrived!

7. Take Warm Showers

Showering is obviously a way of keeping your body clean. It is also a way to ensure that your body gets rid of any germs that weren't on your hands or face. The warm water kills germs better than cold water, which is important to keep in mind.

8. Wash Your Sheets

These are things you sleep on every night, whether your body is dirty or clean. You rest your head on your pillow and breathe/drool there all night. This is definitely a place for germs to congregate. Washing your sheets regularly will ensure that these germs are killed and that you're resting your head somewhere safe at night.

9. Stay AWAY From Your Sick Friend

I know this might be hard, especially if you two are close. Buy your friend medicine or make them soup, but after that stay away. Spending time with your friend or being near them while they're sick raises your sick of getting sick. Soon enough, they'll be taking care of you!

Flu season is here and better than ever. Follow these steps and save yourself before it's too late!!

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.


It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.

These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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Fighting to Reach what i believe in will be worthwhile, in the end

To dreams worth having, to obstacles of all sizes, and to the finish line that might never come yet forever keeps me going.


Dear Life Goals,

Alright, look.

Being armed with the ability to, you know, more or less read the English language, I can see the word "life" plastered up there in your title. "Life," huh? Four unmistakable letters spelling out years and years and years of simply biding my time, hanging out, waiting. A quite literal life sentence, as it were, goading me, pressuring me, waiting on me to pick up the slack and pull myself to the end through struggles, heartache, aches and pains, misery, frequent hopelessness, unexpected trials, personal flaws. Sounds like a dream, that journey does.

I just…I've got to ask you. Are you positive - as in beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt positive - that the timeline can't quicken its pace to my doorstep, arms outstretched and ready to draw me into the overwhelming excitement of seeing all my dreams realized in the blink of an eye? Are you sure that I can't skip the buildup, passing go and collecting my life's worth without all the years and years and years standing in front of me?

Yeah. I figured.

Because you wouldn't be life goals if you didn't take time, would you? You wouldn't be life goals if you didn't push me through a lifetime, providing me with the hope and motivation that one day, I might look back on my timeline and have one last chance to smile, at peace with my eyes closed. More than that, more than definition, you wouldn't be a life goal worth having if you weren't the culmination of my work in this world, the result of my determination, what I've reaped from what I've sown. If I can chase my purpose through you, then what is the point of the purposeless life that I would live after you're gone?

I can't help but ask if I can bypass the extra steps and jump straight to the end. My impatience rivals that of toddlers and probably wins out more times than not. I've never been a big fan of waiting. But playing the long game is the only way to win. There isn't one path to the end or only one outcome, yet there are countless victories to be had. The short game, a straight shot to a simple prize, isn't why I'm here, is it? I want to be proud of what I do with my life, proud that I had the courage to chase my dreams through a mountain of mistakes and failures.

I know, I know, I'm sorry I keep bothering. Heh, I just can't help but check the status percentage from time to time, even though I know it hasn't changed. I want to see results, and that desire pushes me to invest more of my time, my energy, and myself into making what I've been dreaming of happen. I know it'll take time, but fighting to reach what I believe in will be more than worthwhile, in the end. I hope to end my last chapter knowing I fought through a lifetime for you. Then honestly, I'll have reached you no matter what my finale looks like.

Until next time we talk, I hope you'll continue to remind me that dreams don't come a dime a dozen. I hope you'll help me to have faith in myself and that you'll keep me going even if my utterly unreasonable impatience would have me giving up and hiding my life away in couch potato statuses and empty Dorito bags.

Thanks again,

A girl who's working on it

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