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Hello there! My name is Lynne and I'm a senior at the lovely Longwood University. Over the course of my college career at Longwood, I've joined a few organizations. One of them being Longwood Ambassadors, which means I get to lead prospective students on tours and tell them all the wonderful things Longwood has to offer (and look snazzy in a blue polo and khaki pants while doing it!) Some of my favorite things to do on campus include eating with my friends at the dining hall or longboarding around Brock Commons. This year, I'm just trying to soak up all of the goodness of college before I graduate in the spring.

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September 20, 2011 4:06PM


You can prepare for a test by studying your notes. You can train for a 5K race by exercising and eating healthy. But nothing, and I repeat, nothing can prepare you for sickness. It’s just one of those things you don’t learn about in your freshman seminar class. Even after my visit to the Health Center we have here at school, there’s only so much you can do about a virus except wait for it to run its course. So here I sit with a stack of school work, tea to my left, tissues to my right and a dull yet throbbing pain right between my eyes.

Watching any type of sickness spread across campus is a disheartening sight. Classrooms become empty, coughing becomes the new conversation and everyone is overall miserable. However, I am trying to make the best of my situation. When life hands you lemons, make lemon…tea. So here are some of the positives that I have encountered so far during my week of misery:

  1. puppyMore quality time with my roommates and boyfriend. We are all sick, so snuggling into our respective beds while shuffling to the kitchen occasionally to grab food has definitely strengthened our bond as friends.
  2. The amount of time it takes you to pick out clothes in the morning is basically cut in half. You put on your warmest sweater, throw on some jeans, comfy shoes and call it a day. You now have an extra 45 minutes of sleep time you can take advantage of.
  3. You feel famous and/or loved. You receive so many “I hope you feel better” ’s and “is there anything I can do for you?” ‘s on a daily basis that you could possible develop a bit of an ego.

So you see? It’s not all that terrible being sick. As for me, I will continue to ingest Vitamin C as though it’s candy. For everyone out there, stay healthy and active throughout the Fall! You wouldn’t want to miss out on the best season ever.

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