How to Avoid Getting Sick in College

Hi, friends! Getting sick in college really sucks. This past Thursday, I came down with a sore throat, fever, and stuffy nose. Thankfully, I was able to rest this weekend and I feel much better now. It’s hard to stay healthy in college, since students share so many common spaces, so I decided to do a post to help you when you get sick.

How to Avoid Getting Sick in College| Here are ways to help you avoid getting sick and to help you get better quickly!

The best way to deal with this is prevention. Unfortunately, it’s often too late.

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How to Avoid Getting Sick:

A lot of these tips will not be new to you. You’ve heard them before because they work. But sadly, people don’t follow them, and that’s why they still get sick! So here are some quick, easy, familiar tips that’ll help you avoid getting sick.

Treat your body well

Eating well, staying hydrated, being active, and getting enough sleep help your body perform optimally. That, of course, includes your immune system. If you give your body what it needs to strengthen your immune system, there is less of a chance you will get sick.

Wash your hands

This is a simple, yet very effective, way to prevent sickness. Try to wash your hands before eating and avoid touching your face. If you don’t have access to a sink, carry around hand sanitizer.

Keep your living space clean

This one takes a little more time and effort, but it’s worth it. Be sure to wipe down surfaces and doorknobs and vacuum your floors. So many germs accumulate there.

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Stay away from sick people

It’s hard to stay away from your friends, but it’s better to not see them for a few days than for you to get sick. This is especially true if you live in dorms.

Once you’re already sick:

Get some rest

Resting is the best thing you can do for yourself when you’re sick. Use this time to catch up on sleep.

Make arrangements with your professors

Sometimes, professors will be willing to let you make up work if you’re sick. Let them know what’s going on. They don’t know that you’re not in class because you’re coughing your lungs out and not because you don’t care. They will be more willing to work with you if you keep them in the loop.

If necessary, go to the doctor

If you don’t improve in a few days or if you think you have more than just the common cold, you should see your doctor. They will be able to diagnose and treat you properly to help you get better faster.

Have a “sick” kit

It’s better to have these things ready before you get sick, so you should work on it now. When you do get sick, you don’t have to go to the store (or have someone go for you) to get them for you. Here are some things I’d recommend putting in your “sick” kit:

  • Tissues
  • Cough drops
  • Cold medicine
  • Allergy medicine

Clearly, it’s all too easy to get sick in college. You can lower your chances of getting sick by taking care of yourself. Doing simple things like washing your hands before you eat, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and keeping your living space clean. If you’re already sick and it’s too late for prevention, rest is your best option. As you rest, let your professor know what’s going on so they might let you make up the work. All these things will help you get better quickly and return strong to your work.

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What do you do when you get sick? How do you prevent yourself from getting sick?


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  • I got sick last weekend too, but luckily my throat never hurt too bad. Only a stuffy and runny nose!! I’m still sick! Everyone I know is getting sick, and I feel so bad. I’ve found that carrying around tissues or a roll of toilet paper always helps! Otherwise you’re sucking the snot up into your nose and just giving yourself a headache or phlegm. Disgusting I know.

    Caitlyn |

    • Hey Caitlyn! I’m sorry you got sick. I hope you feel better soon! Carrying tissues is a great idea. I carry tissues in my backpack, and last week, they came in very handy.

  • I’m currently very sick and it’s absolutely awful, especially since I have an exam coming up (ugh). I also carry around a whole roll of toilet paper without any shame because I’d rather people think I’m weird than sniffle the whole time.

    My go to is to just get out. I live in a dorm, so when one person on the floor gets sick, everyone gets sick. Last year I just spent my whole time at friends’ places or at the library just to avoid being with everyone else haha.

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    • Hey Joanne! Thanks for stopping by. I got sick the night before my first major exam of the semester. It’s not fun. Thankfully, I was able to push through and do well on the exam. I hope you do well on your exam, too. Get some rest so you can feel better soon!
      Staying away from sick people is a smart thing to do, especially if you live in close quarters with many other people. It’s definitely not weird to carry a roll of toilet paper! I carry a travel size packet of tissues, and it really helps.

  • this is a great post. and very much needed , I’ve been there n loved your tips!

  • Kay

    Why couldn’t I have heard about the sick kit idea a couple weeks ago!? These are some of the things that you forget to think about when you’re going back to college.

    Great tips!

    • Hi, Kay! I’m glad you liked the post. The sick kit is so convenient. Start putting it together while you’re healthy so that you don’t have to run to the store when you’re sick 🙂