It’s that time of year again. Classes are in full swing, football games are taking up all of student’s Saturday’s, and it seems like everyone on campus has the flu.

Yes, everyone’s favorite time of year is also the prime time for runny noses and soar throats unfortunately. To help combat the common cold, flu and anything else that you could possible catching walking to class, I’ve composed a list that is sure to keep you in tip-top shape this semester.  Here are 5 things you can do to avoid getting sick this semester:  

1. Clorox Wipes

My roommate and I swear by these things. They’re simple to use, easy on the wallet, and kill 99.9% of germs including strep throat. Once or twice a week, I make sure to wipe down my apartment, paying special attention to anything that we touch regularly (light switches, remotes, door knobs, etc.) It’s something that takes 5-10 minutes and could possibly save me a week or two of illness.

2. Hydrate

This is by far the most important tip out of the list. Hydration is so important to your overall well-being. Water is something that you should always be drinking throughout the day. If you do end up getting sick, make sure to keep drinking water. It will lead to a faster recovery.  

Tired of drinking plain water? Add a splash of your favorite fruits or veggies. Squeezing oranges or lemons into your water is not only extra refreshing, but also adds some extra vitamins to your glass. Cucumbers are also a great way to mix up your water routine. Just a couple of sips will have you feeling like you're in a spa.  


If you’re eating at one of the campus favorites like Cane’s or Chick-fil-a, odds are you aren’t getting the essential vitamins you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of vitamins to choose from at different price points, and they’re sold pretty much everywhere. I prefer something fun and simple like the gummy vitamins, but theirs something out there for everyone.


I know being in college it’s hard to get the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep each night, but it really is important. Not getting enough sleep can lead to exhaustion, stress and weight gain. If you do have to pull an all-nighter, try to make time for a nap the next day. Sleep really is your friend, be sure to treat it that way.

Chicken Noddle Soup

It’s always great to have chicken noodle soup on hand. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also great to help you feel better. While some people think that soups only good to eat when you’re sick, it’s actually a great way to prevent illness. Hot soup opens up your sinuses, and while it’s annoying to have a runny nose while you’re eating, it’s good to clear everything out regularly.

Also, you can add yummy veggies like peas and carrots to add some extra vitamins. Just make sure to ease up on the sodium. Eating foods that are too salty will dehydrate you quickly, and we don’t want that.  

Want more ways to fight the common cold?  Click here to read more tips on avoiding getting sick this semester.