Hey everyone!

This week I had the misfortune of getting incredibly sick, just a cold but enough to keep me home from class for a few days.  I decided to write this blog about how to handle being sick in college, which is a little harder than being sick in high school.

First, I knew I wasn’t seriously ill, but USC has a great health center to visit that is free for students! The doctors are always really nice and helpful, and its so convenient to have a health center available all the time.

health center

CVS and the USC pharmacy are some of the best recourses nearby for being sick.  Between the two I was able to find all the cold medicines I needed to get better, as well as lots of soup! Nothing makes me feel better than chicken noodle soup, so I was sure to pick up some of the microwaveable kind for meals.

chicken noodle soup

The next most important thing about being sick in college is taking the initiative to email your professors and let them know.  They really care about you, and they will help you catch up with what you missed.  Even in a large class, I always try to let my professors know when I’m going to be missing.

Lastly, it’s what to do with your time in bed.  I definitely slept a lot, but also managed to watch a marathon of How I Met Your Mother, read a little, and get ahead on my schoolwork.  Even though I wasn’t in class, I was able to look over the chapters in the book, read slides online from the lessons, and get notes from friends after the classes.

Being sick is rough especially in college when you are away from your family, but there are plenty of means to cope with it here!

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology), Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!