Being sick sucks regardless of where you are, but somehow it can feel so much worse when you aren’t at home. With no one present to take care of you, it becomes harder to rest at school than it would be at home. Not only that, but when you were younger your parents would simply call the school office, however getting excused from classes is not as easy in college. But, don’t fret: odds are you’ll get sick while you’re in college, but know that everyone else has been there too and can sympathize with your pain as well as give you tips too.
Go to the Doctor
I should probably preface my suggestions with saying, I have no medical experience to cure any sickness! What I do know, is that if you are feeling really sick and you are not getting better, you should go see a doctor. You may have had your parents schedule your doctors appointments prior to college, but unfortunately now is the time you’re going to have to start. Even if you’d rather stay in bed, it’s important to try and do what you can to get yourself back on your feet as soon as possible.
Cancel Unnecessary Plans
It can be easy to get in the mindset of just pushing through and continue going to school and work events when you’re sick, but try to get as much rest as possible. Cancel your brunch and sleep in. Your friends will thank you for not passing around your virus, anyways.
Sometimes it’s hard to convince yourself to get out of bed, especially if you’re not especially hungry or thirsty, but keep drinking fluids and eating healthy so that you can keep up your strength for recovery.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to tell your friends, professors or bosses what’s going on. Your friends will likely be more than willing to get you some sustenance. I can’t guarantee you’ll be able to get extensions or your shifts covered, but there’s no harm in trying. At the very least, everyone will know that you’re under the weather and any difference from your usual quality of performance will be explainable.
Get Some Sleep
Here at college were basically all sleep deprived, but especially when you’re sick you shouldn’t be pulling all nighters. Try to get to bed early, sleep in whenever you can and hopefully you’ll be back on your feet in no time!