Freshers’ Flu: how bad is it and how to cope

Yes, that’s right everyone – FRESHERS’ FLU is coming….and it’s not pretty


With lots of strange people (and new germs) mixing and mingling in confined spaces, the stress of change, burning the candle at both ends and using public transport daily – it’s not surprising that most students get some sort of Freshers’ Flu in their first few weeks.

I have been no exception, sadly. Instead of moaning about just how terrible I have felt (TERRIBLE) I will list some ways to cope and some things I’ve learned this week:

  • If you really can’t get to lectures/seminars/tutorials – email your professors! It’s helpful (and mature) to let your teachers know that you aren’t well, not that you’re just lazy/hungover/not bothered.
  • REST and don’t start reading and studying again until you feel up to it.
  • Obviously, eat well and often and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Paracetamol is kryptonite to fevers – use wisely, when required.
  • Don’t stress too much about missing class – it’s not the end of the world, even if it feels like it.
  • Once you do get back to uni, prioritise what you need to catch up on.

So, there you have it six basic, but essential tips to help you manage if you are unlucky enough to catch Freshers’ Flu.

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