10 Ways To Survive Life's Most Excruciating Endeavor — Getting Sick In College
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

10 Ways To Survive Life's Most Excruciating Endeavor — Getting Sick In College

This too shall pass.

186
10 Ways To Survive Life's Most Excruciating Endeavor — Getting Sick In College
Flickr

Getting sick in college is extremely common, and unfortunately, unavoidable in most cases. There are names for it, such as “the college plague”, but most people just call it “hell on earth."

By battling this sickness multiple times I have learned the best ways to fight it off as quickly as possible.

1. Sleep

I can’t emphasize this one enough! Sleep as long and as often as you can. It’s rare to have a chance to get to bed early in college, but I promise that doing it is completely worth it. Taking naps throughout the day also helps, which is probably already something you do.

2. Medicate

Don’t sleep on over the counter cough medicine! Mucinex, Alka-Seltzer, emergen-c, and cough drops are all good at minimizing symptoms- even if just for a little while. Being able to breathe through your nose for a few hours while you sleep or are in class is a life saver!

3. Stay Caught Up

Do not use your sickness as an excuse to be lazy or miss class. If you can make it to class I highly suggest going because being behind on work is the worst. We all know missing one class can be super hard to come back from.

4. Stay In

I know it might be hard to resist, but don’t go out with your friends. You can go out any other week, don’t risk prolonging your

sickness or making it worse by drinking alcohol or staying out super late.

5. Go To Urgent Care

If your on-campus health center is sub-par (as many can be), don’t be afraid to catch a ride to the closest urgent care. I can’t tell you how many people I know who were told by the campus doctors that they just need to rest, just to be told by off-campus doctors that they need an antibiotic.

6. Ditch The OJ

Don’t rely on orange juice for every meal and vitamin C supplements to magically cure you! I learned the other day from my doctor that once you drink one glass of orange juice that you’re maxed out on vitamin C for the day, and any more is just going to be expelled. Good thing my doctor also noted that there is something proven to help- zinc! You can find zinc supplements at the pharmacy.

7. Hydrate / Electrolytes

Drink water! Your body is most likely dehydrated, so keep drinking water, tea, or any drinks with electrolytes. Something I recently discovered is the children’s electrolyte supplement, Pedialyte, makes electrolyte ice pops and they’re amazing.

8. Catch Up On Netflix

Use this time to catch up on Netflix! Just relax, stay in bed, and binge guilt free.

9. Eat Well

Make sure you are eating right when you are sick. The most likely answer you will hear is to eat soup, which is good for breaking up mucus in your stomach, but it’s not the only solution. Try to avoid fried foods or anything too unhealthy for a few days, your body needs the best when trying to get better!

10. Keep Clean

When you’re sick it’s important to keep your environments as clean as you possibly can! Shower often, carry hand sanitizer, and wash your hands as often as you can. This not only keeps your germs from spreading to other people but also keeps them from reinfecting you! Another tip- replace your toothbrush when you feel better, as your sickness can linger there as well.


Being sick in college is the worst, but it’s treatable. Take the right steps and you should be feeling better by next week or even just a few days!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

50457
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

122250
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments