Health and Wellness, Student Life

Preparing for Winter

The winter semester has finally begun and the mid-winter break is a mere distant tease. The winter offers new challenges, and dealing with these challenges requires foresight and preparation. So here are some tips to better deal with the winter semester:

Tip #1: Something we don’t think about till it’s too late in the winter semester and that is application deadlines. Deadlines for programs, summer jobs, camps, and summer internships are all in mid January and February, especially the good ones. So, start applying today. Summer seems far off, but time flies when you’re learning and exploring the capacities of your mind.

Tip #2: Get boots, the proper kind with grips on the bottom. Every year I see guys and girls struggle to get to class on snowy days because of wrong foot wear. Don’t let your foot wear be the reason you were late, broke your hip, or got your paper stolen by a wild bandit!

Tip #3: To get, or not to get the flu shot? Easy! Whichever one makes you more resilient to the flu and winter illness? According to Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the flu shot helps strengthen your body’s natural immune response against the flu. The shot stimulates your immune system to build antibodies against the virus, making it stronger and ready to fight off the flu. It’s recommended you get it, so talk to your doctor.

Tip #4: Don’t skip class because it’s cold. It’s tempting, I know! But, if your professor can drag him/herself out of their office/home, you can too young Jedi, use the force. If you do have to miss class email your professor and explain your situation, whether it’s car trouble, babysitter issues, a cold or a hair emergency.

I hope I have enlightened and prepared you to get the most out of your winter 2012-which is also our last winter according to the Mayan calendar.