Ah January. The sun is shining, the snow is glistening, everyone in your lecture is coughing, and you’ve come down with what might be the actual plague. Never fear! Life at U of T has you covered! Since I seem to get sick at the most inopportune moments I’ve gotten familiar with surviving a cold/flu while dealing with class and schoolwork.
Step 1: Clinic
First things first, Get yourself checked out. If you’re a U of T student then you’re able to take advantage of the U of T Health Services Clinic. Health Services is located on the second floor of the Koffler Centre, make sure to go early if you’re feeling ill because walk-in spots fill up fast (like before 10:30 am). If the spots are full for the day Health Services recommends a few close by clinics that take UHIP if you are an international student. I’ve listed a few down below for convenience.
Walk-In Clinics that accept UHIP
- Royal College Care – 295 College Street – 416-925-5511
- Bay College Medical Centre – 777 Bay Street ste. 216C – 416-977-8878
- Fast Lane Walk-In Clinic – 799 Bloor St. W – 416-533-1330
Step 2: Fuel
I don’t know about you but when I’m sick I need soup, soup and more soup. Thankfully there are lots of cafe’s on campus with great soup options. Some of my Favourites include Ned’s Cafe, The Green Beet, and the Cube.
I’ve also included a delicious recipe thats easy to make down at the bottom of this post for those days when you can’t drag yourself far from the couch.
Step 3: Rest
Being sick during the semester can be incredibly stressful but sometimes you just have to take a break from trying to do your readings and just sleep and let yourself get better. I find that I never really retain information when I try and do work while sick so its best just to wait until you’re better. Drink some tea, suck on some lozenges, watch a whole season of White Collar on Netflix… you do you.
Bonus Delicious Recipe!
This recipe from the Chatelaine Super-Food Cookbook, it’s really delicious and easy to make (trust me – I’m a terrible cook) and is a great source of vitamin C which your mom would say is good for you.
PREP 15 MIN | TOTAL 35 MIN | SERVES 4
“1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 350-g pkg extra-firm tofu, cut into strips
1/2 500-g pkg spaghetti
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 red pepper, sliced (I substitute this for carrots because I’m picky and it’s equally as delicious)
1 tsp chili-garlic sauce (optional)
- STIR maple syrup with vinegar and soy in a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Gently boil until sauce turns syrupy, about 10 min. Remove from heat, add tofu and set aside.
- COOK pasta in a large pot of boiling water, following package directions but omitting salt, until al dente, about 8 min. Add broccoli and red pepper during the last minute of cooking. Drain and return pasta and veggies to a pot set over medium heat.
- STIR in tofu and sauce until evenly mixed. Cook until warmed through, 2 min. Stir in chili-garlic sauce; taste and add more if needed. Serve immediately.
Excerpt From: The Chatelaine Kitchen. “Chatelaine’s Superfood Cookbook.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/chatelaines-superfood-cookbook/id560213476?mt=11
So that’s how I deal with being sick during the school year! Let me know your solutions in the comments below or tweet me @Amie_UofT!