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This may not be a fun topic to discuss, but it’s certainly an important one. In the last few days I’ve started to come down with a bad cold. Nothing too serious but bothersome nonetheless.

It reminded of the first time I got sick during freshman year and had no idea what to do. Like many, college is the first time I've been away from my parents for an extended period of time. If I ever fell ill at home, my mother would find the right medicine and make the appropriate food. But in college, you have to learn to fend for yourself. So, here are some quick tips to prevent and fight sickness.


Cleanliness is key. College campuses are filled with so many people and you never know who has what bug that’s spreading around. For this reason, it’s really important to keep yourself and your personal space clean at all times. Wash your hands every time you go to the bathroom and before you eat. Stock up on tissues. Throw your trash away. Wash your sheets. The cleaner you are, the less germs you are exposed to no matter who you are around.


Right in Amherst Center is a CVS Pharmacy. There you can buy all kinds of medicine, whether it be over the counter or prescription. We also have the University Health Services building on campus in the Central Residential Area. If you’re feeling very sick, definitely go there to get checked out by a doctor.


The dining halls have a really awesome program where they will deliver a package of food to your dorm room door if you are sick. This way you can rest up without having to get up and walk to a dining hall. You can also get tea with honey at the dining halls, which I know always soothes my throat when it’s sore.


The important thing is to not freak out if you get sick on campus. There are plenty of resources to get you through it so you have nothing to worry about.


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