Every once in a while, a sickness spreads around the school. At the beginning of the year the Rookie Plague finds its way around campus as people from around the country and world come together for the first time. However, regardless of if you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, you are at risk of getting sick. As my cadre would say to me my freshman year, “You get sick, you get your cadre sick, and then your cadre aren’t going to be happy and that won’t be good for you.”
Once you’re sick, motivation to do anything reaches an all time low. Besides sleeping, everything becomes too much for your tired body. At this school, things are more complicated since mostly all of us in the Corps have jobs that we can neglect. You either have to push through and do what you have to do, or you find someone who can cover for you.
Coming back from Winter break into this Spring semester, the sickness has once again come to make life a bit more uncomfortable for all of us. This last week I’ve been living off of cough drops and tea, trying to get over a cough and fever.
You can try your best to prevent it, but there is no guarantee that you’ll stay healthy. A few strategies are drinking Emergen-C packets, washing your hands more often, filtering air in the room, or cleaning your space. As a general rule, just ensure that your hygenie stays at a high level and your living space remains clean. This is one of the reasons why room insections exist - to ensure you are living a healthy lifestyle to keep your body, and others, healthy.