When One Person Gets Sick In A Residence Hall, Everybody Gets Sick

When One Person Gets Sick In A Residence Hall, Everybody Gets Sick

3 tricks to help prevent the campus flu.

There are many things I love about living in a Residence Hall on campus. My friends are never far away, and I can wake up, get dressed, and make it to class in under ten minutes. The one thing though that never fails, is how often I get sick living in close quarters with so many people.

I've changed my habits to try to get away from catching the cold when everyone else has it: Clorox-ing everything- from counters to door handles to my binders, washing my sheets monthly, washing my hands often, not sharing my food or clothing. Yet I still find myself sick at least once a semester, run-down from the lack of sleep and stress that comes with being a college student.

Even though it seems inevitable to prevent- for my immune system at least, if you don't get sick living at college too often, than I applaud you- there are still some new habits and tips that have helped me to recover from the sickness faster that I'd like to share:

1. If what you have seems to be along the lines of a common cold- runny nose, sore throat, itchy eyes- than I suggest you look into Zicam, or an equivalent to it. It's a tablet that you take every three hours when you feel a cold coming on, and it helps to shorten the time frame that you have the cold. I must say I never believed it truly worked until this past week- it has become my savior to get through classes. I carry Zicam and a box of tissues everywhere I go.

2. Drink a TON of water, and eat some oranges. If you're taking Zicam every three hours, you aren't supposed to drink or eat anything for the following fifteen minutes and shouldn't eat citrus fruit for the following thirty minutes (I am not sure why). But keeping hydrated will help to flush the infection out of your system, and vitamin C will help boost your immune system to fight the cold off faster.

3. Get plenty of sleep. I know that a lot of college students are constantly busy, with every minute of their days planned out. But when you get sick, it takes longer for your body to fight off the cold if you're lacking in the sleep department.

Even though college can be overwhelming at times, it's important to remember to take care of yourself first, especially if you are prone to catching a cold quite often.

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College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.

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7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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