Being sick in college is not the most pleasant of experiences. While at the same time your responsibilities and obligations continue to pile up as you're stuck in bed you likely have no one taking care of you, like you do at home. So just what are your options if you get sick in college? First of all you have to let your professors know that you are missing the classes. A quick email letting your professor know you're sick, while promising to follow-up with them about how to make up the assignment (including a gracious request for an extension should only take a few minutes to write but will save you quite a bit of time later in case you are a student in a small class, have a big day in class (meaning you have a paper due or presentation to give), or have any other responsibilities where your absence will be both noted and problematic. True, you have that midterm to take, a huge event your cultural club is planning, and the concert you and your roommate have had tickets for months. You need to take care of yourself first and foremost although it may be frustrating.

What to do if you get sick in college

After all, the last thing you need s to just get more sick because you didn't take care of yourself. It may seem impossible at first, but there really are ways to get more sleep in college. Eating of healthy and drinking plenty of fluids is one more thing you have to do in case you get sick in college. True, eating healthy in college can be a challenge -- but it also can be accomplished. Think of what your mother would want you to eat - things with nutrition, healthy liquids and fruits and veggies. Translation: no, a donut and a Diet Coke won't work for breakfast, especially when you're sick. Grab a banana, slice of toast, and orange juice instead. Also you can ask a friend to give you some medicine in case he or she has it. The basics, like aspirin and DayQuil, sometimes can make a bad cold or flu manageable. Don't be afraid to ask a friend or roommate to grab you something while they're out and about. Utilize what your campus has to offer in case you're sick for more than a day or two, have really bad symptoms, or otherwise just don't feel right. Walk in or just make an appointment to the campus health center and they can check you out while also offering advice and medication to get you back on your feet. You can usually grab notes from a friend or get them online in case you're missing a day of lecture in your chemistry class. But let your professor know what's going on, especially in case you're missing a few days. Let your professor know you're really sick but working to get better -- but that you might need a little help catching up.